What was left unsaid
I’m not particularly bothered by the complaint among “professional journalists” that the video-interview with Chapo was from prepared questions: that’s not all that unusual when the subject won’t speak to the media in any other way. Nor am I all that bent out of shape by Chapo’s insistence on reviewing the story. Although unusual, Penn’s story was more about Penn than Chapo and the video-interview was what mattered… a “letter to the world” from an important and new-worthy source.
What does bother me is that the heart of the interview was not released. It’s nice to know what Chapo thinks of his mom, but left out was this part (my translation):
I am not the problem. Even if they kill me, if I cease to exist, there will have no effect on drug trafficking. I already have a replacement who will follow mean in the trade. I am not the problem: the problem is the United States clamoring for the goods. Provided there is demand, there will be people who want to be in business: you are the problem.
I did not cause problems, I only defended myself. The problem is the government that you have given all the power, the government taking their cut and pretending to know nothing, then comes searching for me. The problem is lack of work and penury, while they hoard their money. Where I come from, there was no other way to survive, no other way. Government is the problem, and those that believe in the government are the problem, not me.