The situation along the US-Mexico border and in the interior of Mexico is much worse than even this story tells. Mexico has been turned into a narco-ruled dominion with scant hope for change with out massive bloodshed. Think I’m exaggerating? Do some research.
Its money, drugs and power at work.
The Mexican government has sent the Mexican Army into several cities after the local police force has either been so compromised by local cartel money or they have just refused to work due to assasination and murder.
Are there good honest LEOs in Mexico? Yes…of course there are. But these people must try to function in an environment where the morning mail brings a message - “Silver or Lead”…take our bribe or take our bullets. A newer trend is to sprinkle in more and beheadings along with the gunfire.
Deaths directly attributed to drug gangs in Mexico for 2008 numbered over 6300. It looks like 2009 will surpass this.
Juarez, across the border from El Paso was effectively put under martial law this past friday by the Mexican government.
Will it help? IMO, probably not.
I could link to a dozen recent news articles chronicling this decent into madness that has been and continues to occur in Mexico bit it’d probably get tempted or 86’d. Here is just an excerpt to give some overal view of the situation with one link:
[quote][i] * Mexico will send 5000 more soldiers to Ciudad Juarez. Meanwhile a prominent Mexican civil rights activist told a forum in El Paso that the military is involved in unlawful detentions, torture and other abuses while failing to stop the killings. Oops.
* Mexico's President Felipe Calderon felt the need to deny that Mexico is a "failed state." The next day a US State Department report on narcotics control praised Calderon, saying his efforts against the cartels have "proven to be effective." Hmm.
* Meanwhile rampaging organized crime syndicates thumbed their noses at reinforced security measures in northern Mexico, killing 20 people overnight Wednesday. Six of those murders occurred in Juarez.
* The US State Department did not tell spring breakers not to go to Mexico, but it did advise them to avoid areas of prostitution and drug-dealing. (!!!) More than 6,000 people were killed last year in Mexico.
* Texas Governor Rick Perry visited El Paso this week. He wants 1,000 troops to help guard the Texas-Mexico border. "I don't care if they are military, National Guard or customs agents....We must be ready for any contingency." Our local representative responded: "No one in El Paso supports militarization of the border."
* Police are investigating threats against Juárez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz, who moved his family to El Paso for safety, El Paso police announced Monday.
* After several officers were slain last week, the Juarez police chief resigned. Drug war operatives threatened to murder one of his officers every forty-eight hours until he quit. Since last year more than 60 police officers have been killed in Juarez.
* A Homeland Security official affirmed that Mexican drug cartel violence has spilled over into Texas. Later in the week the US attorney general announced a drug cartel roundup that netted over 750 apprehensions from across the nation.
Mexico’s federal attorney general said Thursday that more than 1,000 people have been killed in drug violence so far this year, but that he believes the worst is nearly over. We certainly hope he has some insider information to substantiate his belief.
And, despite the chaos, millions of ordinary good people in Mexico continue their lives, battling the odds and finding meaning and happiness in small events of ordinary life.
It would be incorrect to interpret this post as an anti-Mexico rant. But it is illustrative of what has been happening to this rich country, both in people and resources.
By the way, the 100,000 figure is probably just slightly low as far as organized ‘soldiers’ working for the cartel groups. But to that number should be added part-timers who are available on a ‘per-job’ basis. Then the number probably is 2xs or 3xs larger.