Ad Reinhardt Abstract Painting Not on view In the last ten years of his life, Reinhardt focused solely on square, black paintings.
Their mission, here in Guatemala's wild north: Blow up dozens of clandestine airstrips used by planes laden with Colombian cocaine.
Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 70 percent of the cocaine that ends up in the United States passes through Central America.
Guatemala's sparsely inhabited Peten region is the last stop before the drugs cross into Mexico on their way north. It is here that Guatemalan drug-trafficking organizations serve as a link between their Mexican and Colombian counterparts, unloading and splitting up tons of cocaine into smaller shipments that can be transported more easily by land.
It is an efficient operation, say army officials in Guatemala's Interinstitutional Northern Task Force: Soldiers based at Campo Xan, 18 miles south of the Mexican border, have discovered at least 45 abandoned airplanes scattered over 18 clandestine airstrips.
Mark Wilkins, the senior U. Moreover, Interior Minister Carlos Vielman acknowledges that most government institutions are infiltrated by organized crime.
The drug-fighting police have been at the center of scandals ranging from the theft of a ton of cocaine from its warehouse in to the arrest five months ago of its chief on drug-trafficking charges.
But the onslaught against the airstrips appears to be working. But for the past three months, no flight has been spotted, the Guatemalan army said. Runways cratered The Guatemalan government took the initiative to go back into the region, and now is "working closely with the United States," said Deputy Interior Minister Julio Godoy.
The army sends 40 to 80 Soldiers from Campo Xan to an airstrip that is to be seeded with explosives, making craters to impede landings.
But the military has to contend with antiquated equipment -- the tanks are Ms from the mids -- as well as farmers who seem in some cases to be allied with the drug traffickers. Thousands of farmers have established 37 squatter communities in a nature reserve near the Mexican border and have blazed a mile trail for drug shipments as well as illegal aliens, officials say.
Vielman said the traffickers have enlisted the land invaders "as a buffer to maintain the areas clear. Fearing repercussions, task-force officers use aliases.
In the squatter village of El Sacrificio, The Sacrificecommunity members seem eager to talk about the many migrants who pass through the area, but they are mute on the subject of drug traffickers.
Vielman said the authorities worry that Guatemala will go from being a transit country for drugs to being another place where coca is grown. We have to prevent it. Before becoming a self-absorbed nostalgia-monger, Kibbey was a crewman on the problem-prone, eventually vindicated then sadly and wrongly retired M Sheridan light tank whose demise his weak ego depended on for self-importance.
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