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NPT Drug War: “Gearing up” for combat

From the London Telegraph, Mexican drug wars now worse than Iraq:

“Law enforcement agencies in American cities close to the border with Mexico – including San Diego in California, and El Paso in Texas – are “gearing up” for street confrontations with the drug gangs, which are armed with rockets and grenades and have brought death and chaos south of the border.”


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 26, 2009 at 9:33 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. No wonder I am getting calls from friends on the east coast.

    All this tabloid news and exaggeration, you would think FT Bliss is having to establish checkpoints and El Paso is a city with damaged and smoking buildings. EP is being protrayed as a combat tour for our soldiers.

    Thanks Mayor and city council alarmists. And this is part of your plans to bring new industries to the city ?

    Keep telling people Juarez and EP are the same city with two Mayors. And EP city council members that are quasi Juarez city council reps, thanks to you, too.

    For a realistic approach and real leadership. Visit


    March 26, 2009 at 9:55 am

  2. My elderly mother, who lives in New Orleans, one of the most violent cities in America, called me at 11pm the other night in an upset over my safety and security here in El Paso.

    She had just finished watching a national news program that sensationalized the Mexican violence and stressed that already the violence was “spilling over” into cities like El Paso, who were “preparing for war”.

    This kind of public image damage will take a generation or more to be cleared up, if ever. The damage that is being done to El Paso’s economic future from this sort of exaggeration of danger is wide and deep.

    My employer, a federal contractor, has asked me several times recently if I wanted to relocate to another Southwestern city from which to conduct our regional business. The goal of my company opening an office here (and employing more people from the area) is further away than ever. Our “not-so-great” reputation of the past few decades is spiraling out of control and I doubt there’s anything we can do about it now.


    March 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm

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