Saturday, October 1, 2011
Paramilitary groups on the rise in Mexico; a serious threat to both sides of border
The author of the Institute's report, Hal Brands, argues that the United States should treat Mexico's drug related violence as a true political insurgency, a position which the U.S. has officially declined to adopt. "The well financed cartels are waging war against the government to control drug routes north towards the United States," Brands argues, adding that the paramilitaries are terrorists who have effectively adopted classic guerrilla tactics. He noted in the report that drug cartels like Los Zetas use the paramilitaries as "private armies, technologically advanced, sophisticated and particularly brutal and violent." By committing spectacular crimes widely reported throughout Mexico, they even "control the flow of information."
In recent days Mexican officials have flatly denied that paramilitary forces exist within the country, characterizing them instead as ordinary criminals.
[Photo: Mexican Revolutionary War Hero Emiliano Zapata Salazar (August 8, 1879 – April 10, 1919)]
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