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Corruption in the Mexican Military? They'll Be Sex in Advertising Next!

of course, the American military is above all that...........

This is Dark Cloud on Wednesday, February 19, 1997.

The General that Mexico put in charge of their own front in the drug war has now been arrested as a collaborator with a drug lord. Previously, this be-ribboned military hero had been lauded both within Mexico and outside for busting a drug cartel in the general’s own hometown of Guadalajara. Now, we are told, it was a ruse. The General Jesus Beteros Bollo was cracking down on competitors to his own boss, and everyone in the Clinton administration to local yahoos to his superiors in the Mexican military had been, according to Mexican spokesman, taken in. Our own General Ray McCaffery, in charge of our own drug war, stapled his wrist to his forehead and bemoaned the fact that the corruption of drugs had reached so deeply into Mexican politics. He had to have been kidding, both for the fact that I wager absolutely nobody anywhere slapped their forehead at the thought of Mexican corruption due to drug money and, two, the presence of the American military in the same, remarkably bloodless war.

With the vaguely racist nationalism that made England so amusing last century, it is assumed that the United States is, somehow, immune to corruption, and that those corrupt old Latins south of the border are really not to be trusted. Unlike, apparently, the heroic United States military, now in therapy for “stress” following the Gulf War and engaged in rehabilitory rape of its women and small Korean girls around the world. We currently watch how easy it is to sustain years of rape and abuse in the various branches of the military, and this without the far more charming addition of the seemingly bottomless coffers of drug money.

From the first, moronic moment that the Reagan administration advocated using the military to fight the drug war, it was painfully obvious that the moment drug money corrupted entire brigades of the United States military was only a matter of increasingly short time. This assumes that it had not already occurred. Corruption is tough to root out in the local police department, because such a closed society enforces along lines unknown and often untraceable to outside influences. We have had evidence recently how difficult it would be to expect the military, a much more closed society, to crack down on corruption in its drug enforcement ranks, because we have seen there can be institutionalized protection for rape and assault in the Army unless brought to light by the media.

The problem with enforcing an ethics in the military that the civilian population does not support, judging by its actions, is not so much like a snipe hunt as it is to bobbing for French fries. A drug free society, we can now say, is something not sought by the great American Plantlife. With the rooted hypocrisy that has distinguished us throughout history, we simply redefine the drugs we ourselves do not use as illegal. People roll their eyes when you point out that alcohol and nicotine kill and destroy much more than Brain Dead Eddy selling his blend of oregano and marijuana outside the local 7-11. They know that, they just don’t want to talk about it. It’s their generation and their children’s who, we are now to believe, are mounting a huge attack on pot and cocaine. But the entire criminal acts committed by cocaine-addled college bone-heads still doesn’t hold a candle to the death and destruction wrought by alcohol-addled college boneheads. Of course, now that President Clinton wants to turn Wizard of Oz and hand out college degrees until a college diploma has all the stature and gravitas as a hall monitor’s pass in third grade, perhaps the only thing we could reasonably expect is for everyone to sell drugs, possibly to Mexico

I don’t want to belittle the drug problem, except that the problems I see are not the ones the hypocritically conservatives espouse. The problems are that drugs have already eroded respect for law and law enforcement in this nation regardless of race. The problem is that drugs, and our attitudes toward them, have institutionalized hypocrisy as the national pastime. The problem is that drugs have corrupted our law enforcement in myriad ways; an obvious example is the number of attorneys who still smoke pot and clearly lied in years past when they were admitted to the bar. Another brutal example is that crack cocaine, which is cheap and used by poor people, often not Anglo, in the inner city, has a much worse series of penalties throughout these fifty states than regular powdered cocaine, which can be expensive and used by exhausted District Attorneys preparing crushing summations in those sensational drug cases, provided the police ever get around to arresting people.

Of course, we’re told it’s the liberal judges that let the drug lords of Maple Street go, and we are so corrupt and stupid we believe it. The fact is that so many police are on either financial take or socially restrained to arrest the children of neighbors and local powers that the arrests are simply never made.

But, we’re talking about those corrupt Mexicans, aren’t we? For God’s sake, let’s learn from Mexico’s current problems. Drugs are based on the idea that they provide a release from day to day ennui. We know that everything from heroin to pot is at least capable of being psychologically addictive, but they are far less dangerous to the social fabric than alcohol and nicotine. You cannot fight this idea by force, especially when you do not admit the idea or can keep your enforcers from using them. Legalize drugs and treat the addicts. It is, in every sense, cheaper. It is in every sense, more honorable.