May 17, 2012

Mexico's Drug War: 50,000 Dead in 6 Years


A forensic technician sweeps blood off a street at a crime scene in Monterrey

A photo-essay at - In Focus - The Atlantic is pretty much death and corpses all the way down. In a way it's good we're getting the military out of Iraq and Afghanistan. We're going to need them at home.

I'm aware of the self-hating Americans' arguments that the drug cartels of Mexico are only there because of this country's insatiable hunger for illicit drugs. All fine and good, but.... but... you have to admit that Mexico brings a whole new level of game and brutality to this "business." It's almost as if there is something endemic to the Mexican character that compels this kind of slaughter that is beneath even the carnal, uncaring slaughter instincts of insects.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 17, 2012 11:40 AM
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Still proud of your coke binges, Charlie Sheen?

Posted by: Callmelennie at May 17, 2012 1:42 PM

Just one more service brought to you by the totalitarian fuck-ups of the State.

Posted by: Bill Jones at May 17, 2012 2:22 PM

"Just one more service brought to you by the totalitarian fuck-ups of the State"

Yeah, whatever. The drug and murder trade is world wide and has been forever. I could be wrong but not even Columbia has this kind of barbarity. Nobody in the world does Business like this except the Mexicans.

There's another dimension to this we are neglecting, Mexico's history. Incredible violence, corruption then revolution followed by incredible violence, corruption and revolution.

The fact is Mexicans are incapable of ruling themselves. Kinda like Africa once the colonialists pulled out. F'it, I say nuke 'em and clear the board down there so all of those patriotic Mexicans that are here just waiting for the chance to return have a clear road South.

Posted by: I-RIGHT-I at May 17, 2012 4:44 PM

"Nobody in the world does Business like this except the Mexicans."

Dunno 'bout that. Those Afghani jihadis are pretty damn barbaric. Just not that close to our borders. When it crosses the border, will the Feds step up and protect we citizens? A question that shouldn't need to be asked, but with this administration it does.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at May 17, 2012 7:40 PM

Maybe if we can kill their drug lords and thugs they can kill our users and everything will work out for the best.

Posted by: james wilson at May 17, 2012 11:18 PM

If their product wasn't illegal, and enforcement wasn't so half-hearted, there wouldn't be a problem.

Either: make all recreational drugs illegal (there is a genuine case for control of antibiotics, for example) or start getting serious about enforcement - starting with putting users into conspicuous uniforms and having them do menial jobs, outside where others can see them. And add executing dealers to that.

The present half-hearted attitude by the enforcement authorities is tailor-made to keep the War on Some Drugs going forever. Not, IMHO, by coincidence; hundreds of thousands of people owe their jobs to the drug-enforcement industry.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at May 18, 2012 2:07 AM

Why not surreptitiously poison the drugs at their source of production. That puts the producers out of business by removing the consumer.
Kills the market without gunfire.

Posted by: Peccable at May 18, 2012 4:25 AM

Santa Muerte. Who else in the world still worships at shrines to Death?

Posted by: arcs at May 18, 2012 6:31 AM

It would seem that Hezbollah has been influential in teaching some head chopping techniques down there as well.

Posted by: Gecko at May 18, 2012 7:21 AM

The carnage illustrated in the photos is similar to that which occurs on the south and west sides of Chicago on just about any given weekend.
I seem to recall that since approx. 1970 there have been around 50,000 murders in Detroit.

Posted by: JimBobElrod at May 18, 2012 8:08 AM

Let's see...Megatons of cash and various stimulant drugs in the hands of the descendents of Aztecs, Conquistadors, and their pissed-off surviving serfs...What could possibly go wrong?

The coke-driven brutality of the Mexican cartels gives new meaning to the Op name chosen by the DOJ's hirelings for their program to arm Mexican drug cartels and blame it on American gun shops they forced to supply weapons: Operation Fast and Furious...Which if not for some BATFEieio Director's apparent adoration of crappy street racing movies, could easily have been named "Operation Powdered A$$hole" or "Operation Coca-cabana Glory" in honor of agent Russell Vanderwerf.

Posted by: monkeyfan at May 18, 2012 9:08 AM

Our military should be training all along the border with Mexico.
I was in Mexico City and Monterrey on business last year.
People are terrified.
We had an event in Monterrey that was supposed to have 50 guests.
After only 30 showed up, the organizers were very apologetic.
"People are afraid to come out at night due to the killings and kidnappings."
Two days after I left Monterrey, the bastards set a casino on fire and killed over 50 people.
I used to visit, even camped up and down the Yucatan Peninsula...
Hell if I'll take my family there now.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at May 18, 2012 12:26 PM

It's not that the Mexicans are incapable of govering themselves. Or the Columbians, or Salvadorans, or Hondurans, et al.
Any society balances on the edge teetering between 'those who do what they want' and 'those who aren't gonna put up with this crap'.
Over the last fifty years or so the latter group basically pulled stakes and moved to the U.S., leaving guess who in charge at home.

Posted by: ed in texas at May 18, 2012 12:29 PM

This is what's happening right across the border -- not in the far-off Middle East, but right next door. The violence is simply beyond belief, and yet it's real.

The video linked below, if you can bear to watch it, is simply horrifying -- and the killer is a woman. The drug cartels make the Taliban look like a bunch of prissy pansies; at least the jihadis don't laugh as they go about their grisly business.

I think most Americans are done a grave disservice by the sanitized version of the news they get from the MSM.

Posted by: Mike Lief at May 20, 2012 6:04 PM
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