Friday 17 September 2021

Costa Rica’s “Swiss Cheese” Open Border Policy

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As I sit here at the computer this Sunday morning, a little before dawn and hoping to have a one-on-one interview with presidential candidate this week, former mayor of San Jose, Johnny  Araya, I am reading global sadness reports (And I do not mean CR’s trouncing of the U.S. in soccer) which makes so many other things seemingly so small in comparison.

Not just Costa Rica. However, as a new global member, Pura Vida cannot escape the repercussions of one more mini-war.

Usually, war makes for good economics at the expense of the dead. In specific WWI and WWII. But we now have these far flung mini-wars which are another type of ball game to consider.

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We are in mini-wars such as Syria, Egypt and Afghanistan. Even Lebanon, Yemen and Pakistan with phantom armies named Taliban, al Qaida and Hezbollah, among hundreds of others who foster “home grown” killers of “people” be it for turtle eggs or a remote political, religious cause and drugs. Any person or group of people are suspect so long they have arms and are alive. And, Costa Rica has plenty of both.

Despite the message of “please close” or at least control the borders, Costa Rica continues to be an easy country to infiltrate.

The “Swiss cheese”, open border policy might well be infiltrated by those who intend to kill and create mass destruction, sell contraband or transport drugs, not to mention money laundering.

For economic reasons, certainly not humanitarian, the Arias administration invited the Peoples Republic of China to Costa Rica, to the land of Pura Vida. And while dropping Taiwan as a most important ally, China with its size has given CR a multitude of economic benefits such as low interest rate, secret loans and a national stadium, plus a condominium tower or two resulting from the left over duty free product imports and massive Chinese labor that tends to work 7 days a week and 12 hours per day non-stop to complete a single project. Sleeping 15 minutes  on site, eating five minutes and back up again to work again completely ignores Costa Rican Labor Laws to “Getting something done”.

That’s not very Tico.

The sadness is not here where we might be exempt from death but has expats in Europe as well as North America living in fear but as a nation we need to reflect on the consequences of a strategic attack on Syria.

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History says, one too many mini-wars experienced as by invincible Rome many years ago clearly demonstrates a chain reaction which might well bring the United States down as the world’s righteous police force.

Think of this, at one time half the known world spoke Latin. Yet, today the only country in the world is?  An empire lost by too much global expansion and mini-wars which collectively sucked the blood from the Empire.

Is there some reason why the Middle East should have Western intervention?

These people are not unintelligent and every time we have a regime change: More violence occurs, primarily entrenched in religion, seeking the best savior of all and keeps the road to chaos and death full.

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“My concept of Allah is better than your concept of Allah, so let’s kill.” “No, God is supreme,  he or she will judge us in the end, so let’s kill” And. What  happened to Muhammad and Buddha? Innocent by standards? I don’t think so.

A fanatic is a “fanatic “ and what worries the United States is the ease in which drug cartels, evil political influences and terrorist can infiltrate our Tico country, become a part of our society that lives well below the radar and may very well attack the U.S. or any other country. The Jewish synagogue a la Argentina for example, at any given time.



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Juan Sebastian Campos
An expat from the U.S., educator and writer in English and Spanish since 1978 with a doctorate in business administrations (DBA) from the United States and Germany. A feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press and the Tribune Group with emphasis on Central America.

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