Heavily armed men walk the streets, police and soldiers are constantly under fire. Government leaders have been assassinated and average people are afraid to leave their homes. Mass graves are found, and kidnapped victims are found headless with evidence of torture. It’s not Kabul, Fallujah, or even Baghdad.
It’s Juárez, Mexico which is right across the river from El Paso, Texas. That is too close to home for many Americans who fear Mexico’s crackdown on the drug cartels, which have run these border towns for years, will lead to escalating violence here on our side of the border.
This year more than 600 people have been killed by the drug cartels in the violence. The soldiers and police who protect the innocent fear for their lives to the point where they wear ski masks and bandannas on their faces in order to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal on their families.
Everyone knows that the drug problem in America is only fueling the violence and our “war on drugs” is not exactly going well. Maybe one day we’ll win a war.
It seems as if the Mexican police which have worked together with the F.B.I. and other American law enforcement agencies might be better off learning from the Italians. The Italians experienced something like this when they cracked down on the Sicilian mafia. They should work together to learn from their mistakes and implement what worked well for them.
Mexico is going to have to start cracking down on corrupt police officers who cost the lives of law abiding Mexicans and Americans in order to turn a quick profit. It is sad to see that a Democracy has to endure something like this, but only a democracy would confront them. Any other form of government would either look the other way or attempt to make a profit themselves.
The U.S. government should stop funding a failing war in Iraq and start helping out our neighbors to the south. We have to remember that this violence could spill over our borders and that is not something anyone wants to see.
You have to realize that when your neighbors house is burning, you’re not going to worry about how much he’s going to pay you to use your hose. Put out the fire first, wake up America, this is something we need to pay attention to. You complain about illegal immigrants, how about making Mexico livable so that they wouldn’t want to leave their homes and families behind in order to make a living?