"Send in the Clowns"
In what seems to be a signal of admission of defeat, officials in the blood drenched Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez have called upon the United Nations to send support to help stop the violence that had ripped their city with what will end up being more than 2000 murders in 2009. The battles between rival drug gangs rage on, the Mexican government has trained their police forces, and the United States has sent 5000 troops to the El Paso side of the border to no avail.
So, yes, with all of the sarcasm intended, "send in the clowns." The United Nations has a track record of peace keeping, doesn't it? Of course, it could be that establishing an International force on the Mexican side of the U.S. border might create a demilitarized zone and protect U.S. citizens from the terror foisted upon us by the cartels.
We need to understand that the drug cartels have not respected our borders. Most recently, in a culmination of Project Coronado 50 more members of the newest, and maybe deadliest cartel, La Familia Michoacana were arrested.
La Familia Michoacana drug cartel is formally allied to Gulf Cartel, as a part of Los Zetas, and has split off into it's own organization during 2006. The cartel's active leader Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, known as El Mas Loco, was said to teach his organization the "devine right" to eliminate enemies, a true test of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel.
During this 44 month operation more than 1200 people and nearly 12 tons of narcotics were seized.
How bad is this situation really? The Forbes Magazine list named Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel, as 41st in its list of "World's Most Powerful People."
And by the way, according to a comment by an official on the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Los Zetas and the rest of the drug cartels, are not considered a terrorist threat, and instead are the responsibility of the counter-drug agencies.