Jun 3, 2008, 10:32 AM
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Re: [jennifer rose] Violence in Mexico
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The news is abuzz with reports of violence in Mexico. You know, the drug wars du jour. Those with history living and visiting in Mexico have seen these waves before. Now that violence is the new black, have your travel plans changed? For those who live in Mexico, have the reports of violence changed the way you live? What do you tell those who aren't in Mexico about your take on the news?In the 18 months since Felipe Calderón took office as Mexico's president, there have been more than 4,100 drug-related executions. The dead include high-up cartel chiefs, top-of-the-ladder police officers (including the acting chief of Mexico City's police department), neighborhood drug dealers, and innocent bystanders. It appears that no one is exempt. On Sunday, June 1, the mayor of Villa Madero, Michoacán, was gunned down while driving home from Morelia.
Read this: http://www.stratfor.com/...y_memo_march_17_2008.
Read this, from May 31 in the NYTimes:
Drug-related violence in Mexico is not new. Fifteen years ago this past May 24, Guadalajara's Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, an outspoken long-time opponent of the cárteles and all drug business, was gunned down and killed by narcotraficantes at the Guadalajara airport. Drug-related violence in Mexico continues to escalate and becomes ever bolder as the financial and power stakes for the drug lords are higher. On Wednesday, May 21, 2008, an unreported high-level drug-related shooting and kidnapping took place here in Morelia, just three blocks from my house. Police helicopters flew overhead for an hour, machine gun-armed officers clinging to the outside struts.
Just a few weeks ago, 34 people, including drug traffickers, police officers both honest and corrupt, and innocent bystanders were assassinated in Mexico's border zones AND interior in one weekend.
It's crucial to understand and read Spanish in order to keep up with the news via Spanish-language newspapers and television.
I respectfully disagree with Ed's post. Mexico is in a state of drug-related siege.