Final Word from Monday, February 24, 2020

Several fictionalized accounts of the Latin American drug scene work in the story of Héctor Luis Palma Salazar, whose wife ran off with a rival trafficker and never came back alive. The rival returned the wife's head in a box and threw her two children off a bridge. In "Narcos: Mexico" on Netflix, cartel boss Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo orders these gruesome acts as a way to warn his people of what treachery means. There's a tinge of this in the letter China sent to the Castle last month. If the Senate president runs off to Taiwan, Beijing might very well send someone's head back in a box (figuratively speaking) and throw Škoda Auto, Home Credit and Petrof pianos off a bridge. That is the price of betraying the Czech-Chinese strategic partnership and the one-China policy. Chances are that even if Senate Pres. Jaroslav Kubera had not died, the letter would have eventually come out. China had a message to send, and the Czech media were the willing messenger. [ Czech Republic drugs illegal trade business Miloš Vystrčil ODS embassy Chinese ]

Glossary of difficult words

to work in - to include something in one form or another, typically in a text or speech;

to run off with someone - secretly to leave a place with someone in order to marry or have a sexual relationship with the person;

trafficker - a person who deals or trades in something illegal;

gruesome - causing repulsion or horror;

tinge - a slight trace of a feeling or quality;

to come out - to appear; to be published.


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