Sunday, November 02, 2008

Drug War Dividends: the Colombianization of Mexico

When we will end this ridiculous war on drugs? We not only could pad the Treasury with taxes from drug production, but we would deprive the narco-terrorists of the golden goose that funds their operations.

15 people murdered [in Tijuana, Mexico] during less than 72 hours in this frontier city that acts as a portal from Mexico to California ... drug cartels are waging [a war] between each other and with the authorities. The war has claimed some 2,700 lives this year, and more than 6,000 since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón launched Mexico's first serious offensive against the cartels who have traded for decades under a measure of government protection.

The battle has been fought mainly along the 2,100-mile border between the United States and Mexico, the world's busiest frontier. As the body count has increased, so has the brutality of the killing. Corpses have been found severely tortured or decapitated, castrated, dipped in sulphuric acid or with their tongues cut out.

Dr Hiram Muñoz, chief forensic medical expert assigned to the homicide department in Tijuana, told The Observer how 'each different mutilation leaves a clear message. They have become a kind of folk tradition. If the tongue is cut out, it means they talked too much. A man who sneaked on someone else has his finger cut off and maybe put in his mouth. If you are castrated, you may have slept with the woman of another man. Decapitation is another thing: it is simply a statement of power, a warning to all. The difference is that in normal times the dead were "disappeared" or dumped in the desert. Now, they are displayed for all to see.' |Tijuana streets flow with the blood of rival drug cartels - Guardian|

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