From drug trafficking as an anti-imperialist weapon to the dictatorial narco-states of the Americas

From left to right, Nicolás Maduro, Raúl Castro, Miguel Diaz-Canel and Evo Morales

The Cuban dictatorship always used anti-imperialism to justify the violation of human rights, state terrorism and the misery it produces. The last century presented drug trafficking as an anti-imperialist weapon to attack the United States by proposing to destroy its youth. In the 21st century with the expansion in the dictatorships of Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, the same criminal doctrine was applied and Castroism converted into 21st century socialism has gone from participating in drug trafficking as an anti-imperialist alibi to today being the organization of dictatorships/narco-states of the Americas.

The concept of narco-state or narco-state, of “narco: drug and state: set of institutions”, is “a neologism that describes countries whose political institutions are significantly influenced by drug trafficking and whose leaders simultaneously hold positions as government officials. of government and members of the illegal narcotic drug trafficking networks, protected by their legal powers.”

Fidel Castro and Che Guevara spread the revolutionary fallacy of drug trafficking as a weapon that should destroy the United States in repeated and extensive speeches of the sixties., presenting crime as a resource against imperialism whose youth -in the Castro plan- should be annulled by drug use. The dictatorial narrative served to present one of the most serious crimes as an instrument of a process that they called revolution.

Cuba’s dictatorship went from speech to deeds and Fidel Castro in person participated in the alliance with drug traffickers Pablo Escobar from Colombia and Roberto Suarez from Bolivia as evidenced by chapter 11 “the Cuban connection” of the book “the King of Cocaine”. When this traffic with Cuba as the first and only narco-state in the region was discovered, the Cuban dictator tried to cover up his crimes by shooting those who operated under his command and thus assassinated General Ochoa and the Colonel of the Guard.

The participation of the Cuban dictatorship in it is clear with the creation, support, protection and political incorporation of the so-called Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC, as well as with the so-called ELN National Liberation Army of Colombia, both guerrilla groups and drug traffickers. In the case of the FARC, they imposed the impunity of a criminal group as a peace treaty despite the fact that the guerrillas and drug trafficking continue under the sophism of “FARC dissidents”, and in the case of the ELN, the dictatorship protects Cuba right now the narco-terrorist bosses.

With the expansion of their dictatorial model to Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, they simply incorporated these satellite regimes and their operators. In this way, with the socialism of the 21st century or Castrochavism, the narco-states of the Americas, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, are presented in our time, openly and using the condition of states, subjects of international law and participating in international organizations. they defend, exercise and defend drug trafficking.

In April 2016, before the United Nations, in his speech marked as number 883 entitled “Evo Morales asked to dissolve the DEA after demonstrating the failure of the anti-drug fight”, with the support of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua repeating the Castro fallacy of For more than 50 years, the “fight against drug trafficking is an instrument of imperialism to oppress the peoples” and calling for a “UN resolution” to end the DEA and the fight against drug trafficking.

The dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, is an inmate accused of drug trafficking in New York courts and with him members of his regime, cabinet and judicial court are required with rewards for their capture of 15 to 10 million dollars each. An important list of officials of the Venezuelan regime are required for extradition to US criminal courts.

Recent international press reports prove that 5 former heads of the security forces of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales and Luis Arce, “fell because of their links to drug trafficking.” Infobae reports that “The DEA revealed that the former anti-drug police chief of the Evo Morales government offered armed protection to drug traffickers in Bolivia”. The newspaper Duty reports that “There are 10 international drug trafficking mafias with a presence in Bolivia”, and more, because that is what a narco-state is all about.

What is notable in the face of the dictatorships/narco-states of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, is that the states and leaders who are neither drug traffickers nor dictators maintain their relations and tolerate the threat and permanent conspiracy against their peoples.

* Lawyer and Political Scientist. Director of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy

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