Thursday, December 11, 2008

More Dangerous than Iraq?

It is quite strange that our news media has not paid much attention to the undeclared civil war in Mexico. Here's an excerpt from the Houston Chronicle:

CULIACAN, Mexico — A shootout between rival gangs killed 10 people in the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa, home of the powerful cartel of the same name, Mexican police said Thursday.

The gunbattle occurred in front of a state police station in the town of El Rosario, said Juan de Dios Beltran, an agent with Mexico's federal attorney general's office.

Two vehicles, nine assault rifles, several handguns and about 200 shells were found in the area after the shootout late Wednesday, he said. There were no arrests....

Many Mexicans are conflicted these days: they are tempted to emigrate to Norteamerica for their own safety, but word is out on the streets that jobs have dried up north of the border. The gun battles, beheadings, kidnappings, and other violent incidents, one would think, have reached a crisis level in that country.

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