El Chapo, Episode III: The Farce Awakens By Francisco Goldman

published in the New Yorker

by Francisco Goldman

January 14, 2016

Quote: The weakening of the Sinaloa cartel would only become a reality, he said, if El Chapo’s capture was followed by the arrests of corrupt politicians and functionaries at all levels who permitted and aided the Sinaloa cartel’s operation and expansion, and so on. As long as the chains of complicity between politicians and cartel capos remain intact, he said, “then the war against the narco-traffickers can be considered lost.

When one considers the silence with which the Obama Administration and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico have responded to the ongoing investigation into the disappearances of the forty-three students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college, it’s hard to feel hopeful. An international team of legal experts appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the case is pursuing a hypothesis—despite overt official opposition—based on suggestive accumulated evidence, of perhaps a massacre of unimaginable cruelty, carried out at least with the complicity of federal forces, and even by local army troops who the Mexican government is refusing to allow the group of experts to interrogate. One increasingly gets the feeling, regarding this case and others less emblematic, that the U.S. government has decided to try to shield those Mexican institutions—especially the federal government and the military—that most benefit from its largesse.

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