- There’s the lack of attention paid to the provincial regions by the Republic of Lima*, of course.
- There’s also the drug money Sendero is using to win hearts and minds of VRAE (and other Amazon basin dwelling) locals.
- There might even be some political sympathy towards the group’s ostensibly ultra-communist ideology (though that’s debatable)
…Peru’s Security Forces are Commanded by Total Dumbasses.
That the bus wasn’t intercepted by Sendero and the guns lost to the enemy isn’t the point. What’s crystal clear from this episode is the lax attitude of Peru’s security forces in the face of a growing threat to their country’s social stability. Cabanillas has made a Voltaire-like “pour encourager les autres” move, but it remains to be seen whether Peru’s police and army can pull themselves together. If not, one has to fear the worst.
*excellent phrase stolen from Cesar Hildebrandt, perhaps the most intelligent journalist in Peru