Jun 3, 2011

Letter: The anti-Chapo Guzman trend

Letter to the editor/June 1, 2011:

Dear Editor:
I have a nagging feeling that it has become fashionable to focus on Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman Loera as the sole bad drug lord in Mexico for a reason. What about Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, leader of the infamous Juarez drug cartel in Juarez, Chihuahua, where you have a record number of murders?  It is odd that Forbes has mentioned only Guzman  as one of the richest men in the world and not mention other mafiosos around the world, including those in Europe, who are very wealthy. Books and magazine articles have transformed "Chapo" into a bigger-than-life legend. For me, this is all part of a campaign to single out this man by either his rivals or the government (or governments) for some strategic purpose. Have the others turned witness? Will they get off after "el Chapo" is arrested? I believe it is worth delving into, although it might attract threats and book-burnings instead of book tours and book sales. There is something there for any intrepid journalist to look into.
- Jose Manuel Iglesias
- (retired law enforcement with global experience)
- (Please do not print my home city in Mexico or my second surname)