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WashPost: U.S.-backed Drug War in Mexico losing popular support

From the Washington Post, New Strategy Urged in Mexico; Calderón’s U.S.-Backed War Against Drug Cartels Losing Political Support, by William Booth and Steve Fainaru.

An excerpt:

Drug-related deaths during the 2 1/2 years of Calderon’s administration passed 12,000 this month. Rather than shrinking or growing weaker, the Mexican cartels are using their wealth and increasing power to expand into Central America, cocaine-producing regions of the Andes and maritime trafficking routes in the eastern Pacific, according to law enforcement authorities.

In Mexico, neither high-profile arrests nor mass troop deployments have stopped the cartels from unleashing spectacular acts of violence. This month, the cartel called La Familia launched three days of coordinated attacks in eight cities in the western state of Michoacan. Responding to the arrest of one its leaders, La Familia abducted, tortured and killed a dozen federal agents; their corpses were found piled up beside a highway.

In Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Calderón flooded the city with 10,000 troops and federal police officers in February in an effort to stem runaway violence. After a two-month lull, drug-related homicides surged 307 percent, to nearly eight killings a day in June. On Wednesday, a man eating lunch at a Denny’s restaurant across the street from the U.S. Consulate was shot six times in the head by a trio of gunmen.

Lawmakers in Chihuahua state, where Juarez is located, debated this month whether Calderón’s surge was “a total failure.” Antonio Andreu, president of the state legislature’s commission on security, said it appears that drug gangs have infiltrated the military’s intelligence networks and figured out how to circumvent the gauntlet of security forces in Juarez.


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

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  1. A decade ago it was the countless women, we don’t really know how many women, who were raped and killed in Juarez. No one was brought to justice. A few years back, there was lawlessness in Nuevo Laredo and other Mexican cities along the U.S/Mexican border. No one was brought to justice. Now we hear daily reports of wanton murder, indiscriminate violence. Again, no justice. What does this say about Mexico Lindo? The saddest part is that Americans don’t care enough to curb their appetite for drugs coming from Mexico and they continue to travel into Mexico as tourists. Watch spring break, 2010. Our smartest collegiates will indulge themselves in Mexico. What does this say about the good ole U.S. of A.?

    Serious Business

    August 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm

  2. Here we go again, so based on your premise, the reason cars are stolen is because we buy cars. The reason stores are robbed is because we have stores.

    We share blame in the problem but dont walk around like your hands are clean. The root cause is the Mexican government is corrupt and your police force is infected with criminals.

    We have sent millions of dollars, provided equipment, trainers and gang-mob intelligence to help. There is nothing left to do but enter your country and do what you are not willing to for yourself and your country, STAND and FIGHT. Then your rage would be that the country was invaded.


    August 4, 2009 at 9:53 am

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