Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Three police officers machine gunned to death in Ciudad Juárez - just feet from a technical high school
It's not my goal to furnish readers with a steady diet of violence. Of course, violence is very much a part of the reality of life in Mexico, and to ignore it altogether would be to lie. I won't do that, either. When 35 bodies are dumped on a main street at 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon in full view of horrified motorists and passers-by, you can bet I'm going to write about it. As I said in a recent editorial (click on it below), "It is important to faithfully record what really happens here every day, just as it is and not as it might be. To suppress the truth would be to inflict further violence on the innocents, on those already once victimized. I will not do that."
This afternoon brings more "routine" stories of multiple drug related murders across Mexico. In Chihuahua, six young people were executed. The details are yet unclear. But a report from the border town of Ciudad Juárez caught my eye. I believe Juárez still holds the title of the world's most dangerous city, based upon its homicide rate in recent years. It's more dangerous than Baghdad.
At about 2:00 p.m., three undercover officers were working the streets in an unmarked car. They were part of a special anti-extortion unit in Juárez. That particular crime goes on everywhere in Mexico, and literally carries the power to destroy the country. Some men walked quickly up to their car where it was stopped, and immediately opened fire with machine guns. The officers were killed instantly. All of this happened just a few feet from a neighborhood technical high school where young people were working diligently, trying to prepare themselves for a future which, candidly, may never come for them. Reports say they were in terror after hearing the chilling, staccato gunfire so close to their school.
There are some in this country - "intellectuals" - who accuse president Felipe Calderón and his administration of committing war crimes by taking on the drug cartels. They want to indict him on the world stage, before the same international criminal court which is still busy trying mass executioners from the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. I wish I could deliver each and every one of those "intellectuals" a personal message. Sometimes, for me, Mexico is a very hard place to understand. EVB.
The Daily Obscenities of Mexico
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