[private] I have listened and read public notices concerning the operations of planes coming into the islands late at night. Some do not understand the cat and mouse game being played and why they are all flying without lights. I enjoy listening to the many theories concerning this matter; many do not fully realize this game has been going on for decades. We read daily about the many deaths in Honduras and Mexico related to this drug trade and this is not new, but rather history repeating itself in our own back yard. In the 70’s and 80’s the drug trade into the USA was mainly through Cuba where the government controlled the game. Now they are seeing the drug lords trying to control every aspect of the country.
NAFTA opened a direct route into the USA via land with huge drug shipments rather than the smaller shipments in the go fast boats. The difference in governments made it into a Wild West shoot out. In Cuba the drug lords did not play the game and they simply disappeared over night. In Mexico they can make a stand and kill who ever stands in their way. This is a daily occurrence and the rest of the world is reading about it daily.
In the 60’s and 70’s we saw huge fleets of fishing vessels in the Bay Islands and much of what they caught was referred to as white filet. The islands were a close net group in the past. Today things are different with the huge influx of Indio’s. They operate different and have a different set of values. In the 80’s the drug trade in Central America was centered along the Mosquito Coast. During that time it was drugs for money and guns and everyone looked the other way. Once the Contra war was over all branches of the US government came down and shut down the drug pipe line. Thus began the nightly drops between the Bay Islands and the mainland.
Once the drug planes began using the Bay Islands for refueling we were in for trouble. The kind of trouble the average person did not understand and the mainlanders could care less about. I for one, was glad to see the C-130’s or should I say heard them at night. They have a distinct sound as they fly overhead. I do not know who got the ball rolling to put a stop to the pit stops but I hope they continue doing whatever it takes to keep the pit stops under control.
Think about the many planes we read about in the papers and see on TV. Someone is playing watch dog and I am glad to see it. Think about what could have been, should some branch of government decided enough is enough. Imagine those landing strips being turned into war zones for drugs. Tourists do not want to vacation in a war zone. So to those not fully understanding the cat and mouse aerial show, know the possible danger of those games and there is nothing compared to the danger if the game becomes planted on the ground. Now I smile when I hear a low flying plane with other planes in pursuit. Yes it is a cat and mouse game and we should be praying every night that our boys on the cat side are successful in the game so it remains aerial, because once it becomes fixed on the ground the general public are the losers.
We may not all understand the games and keep in mind they have been here for many decades and will continue. It is a game where the players have more money than the governments trying to stop them, they may slow them down but they will never be able to stop them. Keep your prayers going out to the cats that always have to play catch up. Yes they do not always win, but they are on call for us.