Ascensión: A Tale of the Mexican Drug War (Fictional Intelligence)

ASCENSIÓN: A TALE OF THE MEXICAN DRUG WAR

Small Wars Journal is pleased to present an excerpt from Ascensión: A Tale of the Mexican Drug War  by Small Wars Journal-El Centro Fellow Michael L. Burgoyne.

This fictional account—or FICINT (Fictional Intelligence)—describes the security situation in Mexico in an accessible manner.

Here the situation in Mexico is described through the lens of fiction and intelligence to depict future conflict scenarios grounded in reality.[1]  Is it ‘criminal insurgency,’ ‘civil strife,’ ‘crime wars,’ ‘non-international armed conflict (NIAC),’ or something else. Burgoyne seeks to inform the policy and operational debate surrounding insecurity and criminal armed groups (CAGs) in Mexico in this text.

Comments from the author:

In 2020, Mexico suffered over 35,000 homicides, marking another year of exceptionally high rates of violence that are comparable to a war zone. Mexican transnational criminal organizations drive the violence in Mexico and play a key role in the over 70,000 annual drug overdose deaths in the United States. Yet, Americans lack an understanding of the complex security situation just south of the border.

I am thankful to Small Wars Journal-El Centro for the opportunity to present an excerpt from, Ascensión: A Tale of the Mexican Drug War.  I wrote the story as modern day western designed to bring the reader into a violent and complicated world where there are no easy answers. While the story is fiction, the events depicted are drawn from reality, which is documented in the accompanying notes section. These notes also include references to outstanding scholars that provide excellent analysis of the ongoing conflict in Mexico.

Finally, this excerpt is augmented with a brief interview with Alexei Chevez, a Mexican scholar and security practitioner with a deep knowledge of the nature of the internal stability struggles in Mexico.

My hope is that this work of fiction provides an engaging way to understand the very real and daunting security challenges the Mexican people face.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

Guerrilla Logistics

For someone looking for a role in the resistance auxiliary they might consider logistics. Undoubtedly logistics will be the difference between victory and failure of any guerrilla campaign. For supporters of the movement not able to physically fight, participation in the logistical chain would fulfill a vital and necessary role. What would be some the…

Guerrilla Logistics By Sig357 — American Partisan

This Weeks Food for Thought

H/T to WRSA

Americans Need to Find Their Spine and Fortitude to Stand Up and Fight. It’s Time We Cut This Evil Out From Our Society.

 

Legal Injustice

 

We will always have to answer for how we act now.

 

Plan Accordingly.

Act without Hesitation.

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Know Your Military History: Intimate Enemies

Intimate Enemies (L’ennemi intime) 2007

A French Film with english sub-titles, this movie tracks a French Army Platoon in 1959 during the Algerian War of Independence, which in terms of studying Guerilla Warfare is a red letter date event.

When studying how Guerilla Warfare has changed, one of the re-occurring themes you will come across again and again is the REBELLION AGAINST COLONIAL POWERS , namely, Spain, England and France.

Besides the study of the Boer War, The French Algerian War offers some of the best hindsight in WHAT NOT TO DO in COIN, namely: The mistreatment of the indigenous populace.

If you have not already, I highly recommend watching The Battle of Algiers as well.

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The Evolution of French Counter-Insurgency Doctrine

France’s War in the Sahel and the Evolution of Counter-Insurgency Doctrine

 

Know your COIN History, it could come in handy one day.

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