So what is going on in Guatemala exactly? Where to start. Back in 1954 the good old USA, supporting the interest of big business such as United Fruit, orchestrated an invasion of Guatemala in one of the first documented covert CIA operations. Violence and oppression ensued fueling the formation of guerilla groups that led to a civil war that killed over 200,000 Guatemalans. Adding insult to injury, the US backed a crazy evangelical Christian, President Rios Montt. He initiated a “scorch earth” policy, burning 400 villages and killing 15,000 mayan men. (Thanks CIA. You rule). Needless to say the country was bent after that war ended. There were other sick things going on as well. The CIA funded an experiment where we infected 696 Guatemalans with syphilis for “scientific research”. Seriously. Google it. It’s amazing to me that Guatemala allows Americans into the country today.
Today, the drug war in Mexico is creating a new shit storm in a still recovering war-torn Guatemala. The Zetas are the most targeted Gulf cartel in Mexico’s war on drugs. They have migrated across the border to avoid the crack down from the military. They’ve started taking over areas in Guatemala and forcing locals to join their group. In December the Guatemalan government declared themselves a state under siege and they launched an offensive against the Zetas. And all this because the USA really likes to snort, shoot, and smoke drugs. We create an enormous demand having only 5% of the worlds population yet consuming 60% of the worlds illegal drugs. What a frikin mess. (I really need to get around to writing my drug war post).
You know, the more we travel the more we learn about the things they never teach you in 8th grade social studies. It’s really sad what our government has done, and what they continue to do today. When will it end?
Anyway, we’re here feeling it out. We’re being very safe. If things don’t feel good we’ll book it to El Salvador. One thing is for sure though. It’s starting to feel like we’re a long ways away from the USA. TREE
Stevie adds the flag of Guatemala onto the Sprinter. It’s getting colorful back there!
The Sprinter is not liking the roads of Central America so far (Father, everything is running smooth with the van though)…