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Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front Street West, Ontario, Canada, 28 July, 16:01 hrs GMT -4
Camera pans over a dimly lit TV applauding studio audience an unto the stage with three chairs. It zooms on the face of the person occupying the one to the right.
An affable TV personality, with sandy gray hair smiles at the camera, “Hello and welcome to The Big Picture. I’m your host Josh McAdam and tonight we well be discussing the ongoing conflict in Europe and south of the border. Our guest tonight are Carlos J. Whitworth, professor of International Affairs at the University of Toronto,” the camera cuts to Whitworth’s pale face, “and Colonel Jason Denton, who served with the Canadian Armed Forces from the former Yugoslavia to Afghanistan and author of Fourth Generation Warfare and the Fall of Empires, welcome both to the program.”
“Thank you Josh,” said Professor Whitworth. Colonel Denton nodded.
“Colonel, lets begin with the situation in Mexico. Andrea Marsh of The Guardian described it as and I quote, ‘Another creeping American quagmire’, unquote. Is that an accurate description of the conflict?”
“I’m afraid that it is. Right now over one-hundred thousand American troops are deployed in and at the borders with Mexico. The bulk of the forces are operating in central region around Mexico City, although the official policy of the United States government precludes American forces from entering the city proper. Having said that they are fighting three different conflicts in and around Mexico. Forces along the nations borders are running an attempting to interdict drugs come through Mexico and weapons reaching Mexico. The problem with that is that even with the increased land and naval presence the U.S. has founded impossible to close the border, especially with the fluctuating refugee problem along the Rio Grande caused by continued fighting between drug gangs and the U.S. military,” said the Colonel.
“Sounds a lot like Iraq where different factions fought each other and the Coalition forces,” said McAdam.
“Very much so, Josh and that’s along the borders. In the multiple mountain ranges the make the bulk of the country you have an insurgency against the federal government and the American occupation and in the south thousands of American special forces in the Yucatan and the Guatemalan border are conducting raids into enemy sanctuaries as well as trying to stop the flow of foreign fighters into the country,” said the Colonel.
“Foreign fighters, like jihadist?”, asked McAdam.
Professor Whitworth cleared his throat, “Not exactly. Their motivation is not religious but political. There is a long history in all of these countries of rebellion against foreign powers, starting with resistance to the Spanish all the way to multiple American interventions. They also share a common socialist background, born before the second world war but one that intensified during the cold war as a symbol of resistance against American influence in their internal affairs. To them, this occupation of Mexican territory is just another chapter in their long struggle against American Imperialism.”
“We are not only talking about man power here. The region is awash with weapons from long guerrilla conflicts during the Cold War. Some of these men are battle hardened and equipped to operate in this environment,” said the Colonel.
“Enough to turn the tide against the U.S.?” asked McAdam.
“No, at least not in open battle. But along side defecting Mexican army units, they bring certain weapons, such as advanced shoulder launched SAMs and new generation anti-tank rockets that could even the odds for the insurgents, if the insurgency becomes more organized in their opposition against the Americans,” said the Colonel.
“These countries can provide more than just weapons. Cuba, for example, has a long history of exporting revolution to places like south-east Africa. We have had some reports of training camps inside Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela. Lessons learned from the current fighting in Mexico could be brought back to these camps to train reinforcements to the fight, thus extending the war further,” said the Colonel.
“Aren’t these nations risking war with U.S. if they are caught doing this?” asked McAdam.
“American forces are over extended as it is. Right now, the worst the U.S. could do would be to launch retaliatory air strikes, but these could lead to a host of problems, such as alienating more nations in the region and increase the support for the insurgents in Mexico,” said the Colonel.
“But the insurgents have more than just weapons and man power, they also have magic on their side,” said MacAdam.
“So far the insurgency has limited the use of their less mundane capabilities. They have been successful in countering America’s vast array of surveillance systems but so far it has delivered a battle winning advantage. We will have to see if they can use it to turn the tide of battle,” said the Colonel.
McAdam turns to the camera, “On that note we end this section program. After we come back we will discuss the effects of this conflict on the United States. Stay with us.”
The image faded to the sound of the audience applause.