against the U.S.,” and what he called “the Jewish financialmafia.” Chavez subsequen
tly played a major role at the firstSouth American-Arab Summit in Brazil, attacking the U.S. andIsrael as the chief enemies of Latin America.
Nicaragua’s leftist President Daniel Ortega has continued the
rhetoric from the beginning of his presidential campaigncomeback, after being voted from power over 15 years ago.
He spoke of the “evils of capitalism and the U.S.” He alsoemphasized, “The U.S. no longer rules Latin America. TheYankees no longer rule Nicaragua.”
Ortega, like many of his leftist leader supporters, is also tryingto extend presidential term limits (to a third term) beyondestablished constitutional provisions. In almost comicalfashion, in which he addressed the recent Costa Rican andNicaraguan dispute of the border at the mouth of the San JuanRiver, Ortega accused Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama,Mexico and Colombia of representing the interests ofnarcotraffickers.
Costa Rica’s strong international support prompted Ortega toannounce, “Drug traffickers are directing Costa Rica's forei
gnpolicy." He claimed that the Nicaraguan soldiers deployed inthe disputed border region are there to fight the war on drugs.He said any country that opposes Nicaragua's militarypresence in the area must therefore be defending the interestsof narcotraffickers. The major flap on this incident wasallegedly due to a group of Nicaraguans dredging the riverwho set up camp on the Costa Rican side, backed by about 50soldiers.
As leftist leaders throughout the Americas continue theirefforts to centralize both political and economic power in theirown hands to the detriment of their countries' democraticinstitutions, Mexico continues to fight a transnational battleagainst drug traffickers and criminals of organized crime withintheir homeland. Recent small bombs placed on cars in Mexicoraises even more fears of eventual far larger and more deadlyvehicle-borne explosive devices being utilized, due to theprogressive nature demonstrated by these organized criminalsso far in the use of superior armament.
In 2011, the Mexican government pledges to “continue its all
out assault on Mexico’s cartels.” Their basic premise, with
much merit, is that their strategies have succeeded in
weakening Mexico’s drug cartels, although the U.S. drug
demand remains voracious for product. Mexico is also
witness, and contrary to the opinion of some, that the “war ondrugs is key to the prohibitionist paradigm.” Mexico knows
that their rates of murder, kidnapping for ransom, robbery,human trafficking, and related violent crime, which are out ofcontrol, would not simply stop if drugs were legal. They facean enemy that seeks to control and rule the Mexicanhomeland.