Insights from the OSINT Bunker Podcast shed light on the intricacies of cartel activities and the risks associated with potential interventions.
In a recent episode of the OSINT Bunker Podcast, a panel of experts delved into the complex issue of cartel violence, highlighting its multifaceted nature and discussing the challenges and potential solutions surrounding this pervasive problem.
In their latest episode, the panel the ongoing situation on the US-Mexico border, recent fighting between Israel and groups in Gaza, and updates on the Russia-Ukraine conflict as the counter-offensive draws nearer. This article will focus on the situation on the US-Mexico border. The panel includes @DefenceGeek, @Osinttechnical and @AnAustinThing2 with a guest appearance from @All_Source_News.
During the podcast, Austin, an expert on security issues, emphasised the need to understand the economic factors driving cartel operations. He stated, “Cartels are not just involved in the drug trade. They have diversified into legitimate industries such as agriculture, timber, and the extortion of businesses. The depth of their involvement in the economy is far-reaching.”
Speaking about the increasing militarization of cartels, @All_Source_News drew parallels to the Taliban but underscored the economic motivation behind their actions. He remarked, “The cartels have become more and more militarized. They utilise tactics like those seen in Iraq and Syria, including the use of crude armoured vehicles and drones. Their focus extends beyond drugs to include controlling industries like avocados, lime, water, and oil.”
The experts highlighted the significance of considering the Mexican government’s perspective and the importance of collaboration in addressing the issue. They cautioned against unilateral military intervention, as it could exacerbate tensions and worsen the situation. @All_Source_News emphasised the need for cooperation, stating, “A unilateral strike or military operation would inflame tensions and make the situation significantly worse without Mexican government approval.”
Austin pointed out the potential consequences of US military involvement, stating, “If the US were to trundle over the southern border, we’d see reprisal attacks on American civilians. Moreover, such intervention could trigger a migration crisis, impacting the border communities and the US economy as a whole.”
The experts agreed that any approach to tackling cartel violence should involve comprehensive understanding, cooperation with the Mexican government, and consideration of the broader economic and social dynamics at play. They emphasised the need to address the root causes, such as poverty and corruption, while avoiding actions that could further destabilise the region.
As discussions surrounding cartel violence and potential interventions continue, it remains evident that this multifaceted problem requires a nuanced and collaborative approach.