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Why Los Zetas Aren’t Your Average Cartel

I found the Spanish language wikipedia article to have much better information than the English version.

“Se formó a partir de un grupo de militares que desertaron del Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales (GAFE), Grupo Anfibio de Fuerzas Especiales (GANFE) y de la Brigada de Fusileros Paracaidistas (BFP) del Ejército Mexicano”

For starters your average cartel isn’t made of defectors from the special forces.

That’s right. Special forces.
From the Mexican army rangers, to the Mexican paratroopers, to amphibious assault specialists(Mexican SEALs) these guys aren’t your typical narcos.

” que fueron entrenados por la CIA de los Estados Unidos, comandos de asesoría militar de la Sayeret Matkal israelí y de la GIGN francesa.[cita requerida] Por tanto, recibieron entrenamiento de élite que incluyó manejo de armas sofisticadas y trabajo de contrainsurgencia…Los primeros integrantes de los Zetas, en su tiempo de militares se capacitaron en la Escuela de las Américas[cita requerida] que al momento de su entrenamiento, había sido trasladada a Fort Braggs, en el estado de Georgia”

Worse, these guys all received training from US, Israeli, and French special forces and intelligence. Lots of these guys actually were trained IN the United States at the School of the Americas.

It gets worse:

“Además, en Los Zetas están integrados un indeterminado número de antiguos soldados de las fuerzas especiales de Guatemala (también entrenados por la CIA, y con cargos de genocidio en ese país).”

They were joined by Guatemalan ex-special forces, also trained by the CIA, who were fleeing genocide charges back at home.

It gets worse:

“Las últimas investigaciones han arrojado que este grupo delictivo ha comenzado a reclutar civiles jóvenes, incluso menores de edad…”

These guys are now recruiting kids. Kids who will presumably be effectively raised and trained by genocidal ex-special forces operatives…

Ganfe operatives

GANFE – These cuddly Mexican special forces were one source of the original Zetas.

5 responses to “Why Los Zetas Aren’t Your Average Cartel

  1. Pancho Villa October 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Yes, we’re proud of them.

  2. Nestorius October 4, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Who gave them the orders to desert? They didn’t desert on their own. They are the creation of those who govern Mexico, on the top of whom is Carlos Slim, a Knight Templar and a member of the Committe of 300, the 300 Masons who rule the world and who are headed by Elizabeth II(
    They are the hidden hand that is keeping Mexico in chaos.
    Los Zetas is not the average cartel, but even the average cartel is driven by the same “hidden hand”.

  3. BC October 5, 2012 at 4:06 am

    So these special forces guys can risk their lives, for a pittance, for a corrupt government that pretends to be just, or they can risk their lives and get compensated well for it, for a private organization that makes a living through unjust means, but admits it.

    At least the cartel is honest.

  4. Matt Strictland October 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Its not more complicated than supply and demand. If you don’t want violent criminal drug dealers don’t have drugs be illegal .

    Instead allow drugs, maybe in safer versions to be sold openly and while you will still have some organized crime, the scope will be smaller.

    In theory we might be able to create a drug vaccine and vaccinate the population so that they can’t use them however getting around the limits is pretty easy (meth stops working, someone will make another kind)

    Also the US is a society with a critical inability to allocate resources and not enough social capital (justly) to get people to vaccinate vs. disease. We (the US here) are as mendacious as our Southern neighbors.

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