The Reality of the Nightmare in Mexico
For more months than I care to recount, I've been commenting on the obliteration of order in Mexico. There have been long debates of whether it is a "failed state" or whether it is "simply" dealing with internal violence brought on by, yes, according to critics and people who like to blame "US," "American's appetite for narcotics" that creates the demand for the cocaine and marijuana and the rest being foisted upon us by the cartels.
A few short comments:
It is an innocuous headline, Grenade Explosion Injures 16 At Mexican Bar, but this grenade explosion happened in Puerto Vallarta. While the subhead mentions that PV is a resort town, this incident leads to a conclusion that not only has the cartel arsenal expanded to the use of grenades (it should be remembered that a grenade was found in a raid in Pharr Texas a few months ago) and IEDs (car bombs), but that the tactics of the cartels now ignore collateral damage of innocent people. Mexico fights not just a battle against the cartels, but clearly, narco-terrorists. This is the State of Jalisco.
Many people have already read about the horrendous massacre of Central and South American migrants killed in a ranch in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Now we learn that Roberto Suarez the investigating official has turned up dead (on the side of a road). It is being reported that these people were killed because they refused to work for the cartels. This is the State of Tamaulipas
A few months ago, there was a shocking, but not surprising report of patients in a drug rehabilitation facility being killed by cartel hitmen. Sure, this was a "hit" on drug henchmen by other drug henchmen, but invading a hospital to kill is an accelerating trend showing that no place is immune from the violence and retribution. This was in the city and State of Chihuahua. Of course, Chihuahua is where the killing field of Juarez is located.
Gun fire across the border, people being killed by grenades in resort town bars, killings in drug rehab centers, police and government officials being killed. Presidente Felipe de Jesús Calderón speaks of his war against the cartels and claims some high ground in instructing the US Congress about policy. Yet he and his policies have been ineffectual.
An on-going series in the Los Angeles Times continues to cover the drug war in Mexico , and shows how extensively the drug war has impacted the country's geography.
Yes, it is a war. It remains an internal war in the country just south of our border. Mexico needs to deal with its very serious internal security problem. That the violence is accelerating and the tactics broadening is the concern of the United States, and especially our citizens living on or near the border. It is a war, but stop blaming "US" for it.