Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Jesus drank Trimate

Simon Romero is back and in style with some 'investigative journalism' on Bolivia's cocaine trade and US sponsored "War on Drugs." The article "Bolivian is an uneasy ally as US presses Drug War" is an exploration of the "contradictions" of USDEA cooperation with the government of a coca grower Morales on stemming cocaine production. A coca grower, shit! There must be some foul play afoot. Except buried in the article are these few lines:
Coca cultivation has increased during his two years in office, but instead of booming, it has simply climbed, up 8 percent in 2006 and 5 percent in 2007, according to the United Nations.
That still places Bolivia far behind the world’s largest coca producer, Colombia. Despite being the Bush administration’s most ardent ally in the region, Colombia had a 27 percent increase in coca cultivation last year, and remains the top source of cocaine smuggled to the United States.
Oh. So basically the entire premise of this article is false. Why? Well, because of something Romero is unwilling to admit through the entire article, that coca is not cocaine. ¡La hoja de coca no es druga! Also, Bolivia is not Colombia, where Simon should instead be directing his attention.

But Simon is willing to admit that a waiter served him coca tea at some posh La Paz restaurant and that he measures all history in relation to the birth of the Lord our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Archaeologists say coca has been grown in the Andes since before Jesus was born. While much of the West associates coca with cocaine, many Bolivians chew it to alleviate altitude sickness, combat hunger pangs or stay alert, a daily ritual much like drinking a latte in rich countries. In some of the fashionable cafes of La Paz, it is not uncommon to be served a plate of coca leaves upon sitting down.
By the way, Jesus was also Black and smoked marijuana. So then what is this story actually about? Hmmm. What might the US being doing in Bolivia if it is not in fact the principle supplier of cocaine?
On the American side, officials argue that a sharp increase in coca cultivation could drive more cocaine to the United States, even though it is currently a negligible market for Bolivian cocaine. A deeper reason may be that the antidrug money gives them a rare window into Mr. Morales’s government.
Oh right! This all actually is about US political control over its southern neighbors. So Simon, did you investigate any further on this political angle all those coup rumors you previously reported on during the recall referendum? Uh, not really... Rather, Simon pasted together a bunch of his discontinuous observations of his stay with the Chapare's anti-narcotics forces, during which time he never seemed to realize they were playing him for a fool, evident in Simon's concluding paragraph.
The tug of war leaves Colonel Cuevas, the commander of the Leopards’ base, in an awkward position, thanking the United States for his livelihood while lauding Mr. Morales’s defense of the coca leaf. He smiled, and with a soldier’s reserve, pointed to an inscription on one of the walls at the base, “Atipasunchaj,” which idealistically proclaims in Quechua, “We will prevail.”
Actually Simon, that was more likely the commander's way of sticking your gringo stupidity back in your face. Rather meaning, 'you think were dumb Indians, but we'll take your dirty gringo money, run with it, and in the end, come out on top.'


Bina said...

If I were Evo, I'd tell them to stuff their dinero and take their spies home.

In fact, I expect he due course.

Bina said...

BTW, that coca tea looks wonderful.