I recently read the book by Pablo Escobar’s accountant / brother. The disconnect between how we in the U.S. view kidnapping / extortion vs how other parts of the world see it is something I’ve thought about a lot recently.
Violence in Columbia was always a part of their life. Partially that’s why the violence there shocked us but not them.

We take it for granted that the rich and famous can mostly walk around without wondering if a guy on a moped will assassinate them.
Starting a fight with the Mexican drug cartels is an idea that most of us haven’t begun to think about deeply.
The Mexican drug cartels aren’t an army in the traditional sense.

They are already embedded in the U.S. and they aren’t going to target soldiers. They’ll identify family members.

Some of y’all have thought this through *at all.*
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