Phew! That is one hell of a body count! Perhaps, the Coyotes forgot to pay the local drug Kingpin their tax to travel through the area with their
wares? As some on here have already said, hopefully most of the people killed where criminals and not civilians? This is getting very close to the
border, and one day we may read about 21 people getting killed on the US side in a gangland dispute.
The criminals in Mexico are getting even more brazen in their attacks on the people of Mexico. June especially, has been a tough month. A popular
gubernatorial candidate from the state Tamaulipas who campaigned about going hard against the narcos was killed
Mexican Candidate for Governor Is Assassinated
, then a popular musician became a
victim to the very violence and corruption in his own music What happens when Art
imitates Life in Mexico's brutal Drug War: Famous Mexican musician murdered
, and finally, a mayor from the popular tourist city of Cancun and
running for governor was arrested and jailed for corruption and drug offenses
Mexico resort city mayor, jailed in drug case, vows to stay
in governor race
. June was one hell of a mouth south of the border were thugs made attempts to manipulate the political process and silence
famous media personalities.
Were does it end? When the Presidential Palace is seized in Mexico City and the President is either killed or captured? President Felipe Calderon's
War on Drugs
is spiraling out of control. Almost thirty-thousand people have been killed in the violence since 2006 when the President vowed to
get tough on the cartels. He ought to ask for assistance from the US as Columbia did during Pablo Escobar's reign of terror. The US has sent billions
of dollars of aid and are we certain that the money is actually going toward the drug war? With corruption as rampant as ever and with many high-level
political figures and bureaucrats in the pockets of the cartels, it would not be much of a stretch to believe that some if not most of this money is
going to pockets of the people they are supposed to be fighting? This violence is even hurting the economy in Mexico as well. The snippet below refers
to the recent assassination of the Mexican Gubernatorial candidate.
News of the killing spooked investors who are closely watching the rising level of violence for signs Calderon's government is losing control.
Mexico's peso MXN=MEX01 weakened by as much as half a percent.
The United States is heavily involved in Calderon's strategy with a pledge of more than a billion dollars in drug-war aid to Mexico. Some foreign
companies have closed some of their operations in dangerous cities along the U.S.-Mexico border and some tourists have been scared away by the
violence. "This development seems harder to dismiss even from a strictly market standpoint than previous episodes of violence. This is because it
represents an attack on the political process," said analyst Jimena Zuniga at Barclays Capital in New York.
This situation has become a nightmare, and if it is allowed to persist; the US is going to have a failed state on their doorstep were the law of the
jungle reigns supreme. More illegals will cross the border, because of a terrible security situation, and as the violence escalates; investments
dissipate. No investments means no new jobs and essentially no economic growth.
There is more to this than amnesty, reinforcing the border, and sending financial aid to Mexico. If you ask me all the points mentioned in the last
sentence are a mere drop in the bucket. The inaction by the US leadership and their Mexican counterparts is akin to being criminal. That is the major
issue here as far as I am concerned. Why have they sat on their hands for so long until this thing has become an elephant in the room? I am concerned,
because it seems the situation is becoming untenable for the Mexican government and the country is in the midst of chaos.
In the case of the US, which has a role in this drama; it is going to take a lot more than throwing money at the problem or passing blanket amnesty on
illegal immigrants to remedy the situation. The criminals causing the violence and corruption in Mexico need to be rooted out and destroyed, or
millions upon millions will be crossing as they have for years. If one can't make a living and have to look over their shoulders when leaving the
house, then they will go to the place where they believe they can.
[edit on 2-7-2010 by Jakes51]