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Mexican authorities found 55 bodies inside a mine ventilation shaft that was used as a mass grave in the city of Taxco, officials said Monday.
Bodies were first discovered in the mine shaft a week ago, and Monday's announcement concluded the weeklong recovery effort.
but when we find a mass-grave with 55 bodies in the country next-door, we don't even take measures to secure ourselves or go after those responsible as we did in Iraq.
While it may seem counterintuitive, the extraordinary level of violence in Mexico is another signpost of successful law-and-order campaigns by military and law enforcement officials in Mexico.
Much of the risk of spillover violence is posed by younger-generation traffickers whose approach to the drug trade is less rational and profit-minded than that of their “elders,” or by multi-national street and prison gangs working in concert with Mexican cartels as enforcers and street-level drug distributors.
It is imperative that we sustain the positive momentum by
supporting President Calderon’s heroic efforts against organized crime. We must also manage expectations, as we anticipate that the gruesome violence in Mexico may get worse before it gets better. We must recognize that we are witnessing acts of true desperation: the actions of wounded, vulnerable, and dangerous criminal organizations.
While the continued violence in Mexico is understandably troubling and often
disheartening it should not be a surprise. Recent, comprehensive reviews of studies indicate that the increased violence is a predictable outcome when government and law enforcement crack down on organized crime “drug-related violence and high homicide rates are likely a natural consequence.”8 The grip of the cartels is loosening on the government and country of Mexico. As powerful and successful bosses are taken out, it is common for brutal, less sophisticated criminal to fill the void.
I happen to believe that it is very plausible that the US government or factions thereof, are behind the drug trade, at least certain sectors of the drug trade. There has been much evidence come to light in the last couple of decades that would point to the US government being involved in the drug trade.
"plata o plomo," (literally silver or lead, colloquially [accept] money or [face] bullets).