Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 9 Num. 01

("Quid coniuratio est?")


[La Jornada, 8/25/96. Translation by Conspiracy Nation.]

Mexico -- The Ministry of Agriculture of the United Kingdom "invited" the British authorities to not control the source of more than 2 million cows exported to the European continent, in spite of the danger of infections and death caused by "mad cow disease." At the same time it decided to prohibit the sale of the dangerous meat in continental Europe, it authorized its exportation to eastern Europe and to the Third World. Also, you will recall, the sale in Latin America of radioactive milk, contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster, has been allowed -- milk which still has no European market. In our country [Mexico], has been destined for human consumption corn not fit for pigs. In fact, money does not stink, as the Romans used to say and, when it comes to business, there are no lack of states which push to one side all scruples and play with death, for supposed advantage.

The war in Chechnya, terrible for the number of victims and for the atrocities suffered by a colonized people, is almost a case study in how private fortunes are amassed at the cost of public misery and misfortune. General Alexander Lebed, in his collision with the recycled Establishment that controls always oil and armaments and holds high places in the Russian government, has denounced the fact that these persons have a financial interest in war and oppose peace. Journalists add, for their part, that behind the combats, what is liberated is a battle for oil and lining the pockets of many military commands. The thing is that, to its misfortune, Chechnya is very rich in hydrocarbons and oil, and what is produced or passes through there can make millionaires, in the blink of an eye, those who, in Moscow, secretly export fuel. Besides, a war gives power to the military and serves to conceal a contraband in weapons. It is enough, in effect, to declare that the combatants have consumed or destroyed quantities of arms and munitions beyond what has occurred in order to be able to sell them clandestinely in the exterior via a traffic that ensures that combats and bombings will be intensive and will last as long as possible.

Power, evidently, corrupts so-called "democratic societies" as much as it corrupts any others. The world technocrats, for their part, tend to consider the common human being a simple, predictable variable and to think that anything is good which offers the opportunity to oil the economic machine -- even the deaths of thousands of unknowns. Society, even in civilized Europe, can control neither the governments nor the economic decisions of the grand senors of finance. And from the point of view of ethics, we live in a period similar to the period of Roman decadence. More than ever is needed a total transparency to reveal acts of government, and social control over that government, a total liberty of investigation and information on the part of a free and independent press. At first glance, this might seem little, but that can be enough to put obstacles in the way of those who massively line their pockets by means of death.

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