Drug Trafficking, Business Of War And Presidential Elections In Colombia And Venezuela

It is now time of presidential elections in Colombia. Fear is the main electoral strategy. The Colombian electorate is frightened by the ghost of "Chavism", with the guerrillas that became a political party, with a former social-democratic guerrilla or with an alleged "invasion" of Venezuelans. Xenophobia as an expression of fear of the other grows, distractions are abound. Everything is valid to prevent Colombia from looking at itself.

One of the truths that they insist on hiding is that the transnationalization of the social and armed conflict that Colombia is living is not leading it to "Venezuelanize", but to "Mexicanize" in the worst possible sense.

Reconversion of powers, the narco and the paramilitaries

In Colombia, paramilitary groups are no longer mentioned, instead they talk about "hit men" and "bacrim" (criminal gangs). Beyond the legalization of paramilitarism that Álvaro Uribe Vélez achieved with his Justice and Peace Law, the main reason for this is that the globalization of capitalism included one of its most important rising businesses: drug trafficking. This business that generates large amounts of money to lubricate the Colombian economy, but especially that of the United States and Europe, is happening to direct control of the northern cartels, which are part of a global plan.

"Drugs do not enter the United States by magic, important drug shipments are sometimes sent to that country with the consent and / or direct complicity of the CIA," denounces the researcher and former Canadian diplomat Peter Scott, who also details the link between the drug economy and the global machinery of war: "The United States has tried to exert its influence in certain parts of the world but, being a democracy, could not send the US Army to those regions. Support armies (proxy armies) financed by local drug traffickers."

The power of Mexican cartels on the drug business in Colombia has even been denounced by the Colombian Ombudsman. According to this one, behind the paramilitary violence that has been presented in recent times in Colombia, the Sinaloa cartel’s performance as a financier of these bands is evident.

This wide variety of groups and organizations that produce and export drugs in Colombia is only the consequence of the way in which the drug trade business has changed in the last decades until it is under the control of the cartels of the Aztec country.

The role played by the Mexican cartels against the old Colombian cartels, such as Medellin and Cali, transporting drugs from Mexico to the United States, changed after the 1990s when the US government, in alliance with the Colombian, persecuted the big bosses like Pablo Escobar and dismantled the poster boys.

Contrary to his public statements, this onslaught did not end the business but atomized it and placed it in the hands of smaller groups. In January 2016, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas declared that the big drug cartels of 20 or 30 years ago mutated into small criminal organizations that continue to control the drug market, but in their opinion do not pose a threat to democracy.

The reality is that gradually these small groups have been subordinating to the Mexican cartels the drug business in Colombia, and with that said posters are now imbricated throughout the paramilitary apparatus, the para-economy and, of course, in parapolitics. This reality, already visible to Colombian communities, is beginning to be evident in seizures and captures made by the Prosecutor's Office, which is increasingly difficult to hide. That is why in recent years the business has prospered, increasing the sowing of coca and the export of cocaine from Colombia.

Probably this scenario that is impossible to hide, has led the DEA to order – "request" in this case would be a euphemism – the arrest of Jesus Santrich linking it with the Sinaloa cartel, for alleged business done after the signing of the peace agreements and presenting only the supposed transcription of some audios that would be in the possession of the Office of the Prosecutor and that do not in fact have any conclusive information. What is very clear is that with this action, Havana’s agreements between the government and the FARC are wounded, which won the Nobel Prize for Santos and will surely also impact on the dialogues with the ELN.

The important thing for the system is that the business of the war will continue and with it all its associated businesses.

And Venezuela

Soon is the time of presidential elections in Venezuela. The stories of Colombia and Venezuela can never be understood separately and can not be solved in that way either. The Colombian oligarchy continues united, as determined by Santander: at the foot of the United States. For both countries, it is essential to understand how these obscure economic interests linked to drug trafficking and paramilitarism determine the plays on the great geopolitical board.

Therefore, it must be clear that the hegemony of drug trafficking in America would be consolidated if these mafias managed to defeat the current Venezuelan government that has stubbornly insisted on defending its sovereignty. This is clear to the complex global economic extractivist apparatus that is sustained by the dispossession of the riches of the South.

That is why it gives its contribution to the aggressions against Venezuela to conquer the long-awaited exit to the lake of Maracaibo and the thousands of kilometers of the entrance through to the Caribbean, financing the paramilitary complex, the parallel economies for money laundering as the smuggling of extraction, gambling, illicit exchange, and of course supports the "Bolívar Cúcuta", supported by the resolutions of the Bank of the Republic of Colombia.

Converting Colombia into a second Mexico "far from God but close to the United States", has only two challenges to overcome: the internal resistance of sectors of the Colombian people that continue organizing to oppose the systematic dispossession and the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela that it has impeded the control of the Venezuelan riches and the geostrategic position that it possesses, which makes our country one of the few in America that has not allowed the installation of US military bases in its territory.

The attempts of these posters to enter Venezuela begin to be evident. In 2015 and then in 2016, several members of the Sinaloa Cartel have been detained by the Bolivarian National Guard. This should ignite the alarms of the Bolivarian Government and the Venezuelan people in general, especially in territories where regional or local governments are in the hands of opposition parties that have evidenced their links with Colombian parapolitics.

The courageous decision to expel the DEA from Venezuela and the refusal to cede territorial sovereignty, will continue to be some of the reasons that guarantee the political and economic support of these transnational networks to the Venezuelan opposition and their conversion to parapolitics increasingly twinned with the Colombian parapolitics, and therefore subordinated to the interests of world capitalism, drug trafficking and the business of war.

The parapolitics has its candidates for the next presidential elections to be held in both countries during the month of May (May 20 in Venezuela, May 27 in Colombia), and each has its own story about the reasons for continuing to cede sovereignty in favor of those transnational interests.


Translated by Paul Antonnopoulos.

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