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Sunday, January 10, 2016

El Chapo: Confessions of a Narcotrafficker

The notorious leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, just gave an interview to actor Sean Penn from his hideout in Mexico.  You can find the interview in Rolling Stone here: El Chapo Speaks

Why did Chapo agree to do it?  Perhaps trying to humanize himself and build up some public support before his inevitable capture by Mexican authorities, which happened this week.   Chapo has to be worried about eventual extradition to the US.

You couldn't find a more naive interlocutor than Sean Penn, who has single-handedly kept the Cold War phrase "useful idiot" alive.  Now that Chavez is dead, Penn has moved on to drug lords.  We have to see their side of the things, after all!  Chapo is just a poor peasant kid from Sinaloa, trying hard to make a buck. The War on Drugs--that's the big problem here.   (Rolling Stone, when it is not in the business of making up gang rapes, often pushes for complete legalization of narcotics.)

Absurdly,  Penn never pushes Chapo on the violence issue, and he makes it seem like the guy has only been trying to defend himself.  It never occurs to him that the reason Ciudad Juarez turned into a killing field was because Chapo was trying to take over that important "plaza" from the Juarez cartel.

Chapo has more blood on his hands that Slobodan Milosevic.

The most revealing part of the interview is Chapo's admission that he trafficks in heroin, cocaine, meth, and marijuana, and has a huge distribution network.

Will Chapo escape extradition?  Perhaps not.  Mexican authorities are now discussing it with Washington.  They'd be fools to keep Chapo.  He'll just escape again. /mexico-said-willing-to-extradite-drug-kingpin-el-chapo-to-u-s--ij7maxna

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