Aug 30, 2010, 5:35 AM
Post #29 of 31
Considering how incomplete news coverage of events like this is, I don't know how you can say the government pronounced the Zetas guilty before the evidence was in. I cited the circumstantial evidence (which literally screamed Zetas) and as Reefhound said the army had the witness's statement, a load of seized materials, the probable halcon (look-out) they captured and the bodies of the three sicarios they killed. They had all that information before news of the event was even released. And the military certainly knows who the players are in the sectors they patrol.
The government does not need to drum up popular support for its effort to exterminate the Zetas in northern Mexico. Other than the Zetas themselves and their families, everyone wants these guys gone because they have been committing atrocities (on a smaller scale) like this for several years. In fact, the drive to eliminate the Zetas is one of those rare issues--in Tamaulipas at least-- on which both PRI and PAN politicians agree.
The government knew who did this when the first statement about responsibility was issued. If you were being critical of Calderon for trying to spin the event as evidence the war in the north is succeeding, I think that is legitimate and I join you.