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Juárez Violence Continues

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 5:01 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Ciudad Juárez, a Northern Mexico city of 1.5 million, sits across the border from El Paso, Texas, home to around 600,000. In 2009, there were 2,580 murders in Juárez. There were 12 in El Paso.

It’s hard to believe things could get much worse in Juárez and Northern Mexico but they are. On Friday, police found the bodies of 2 women, a disabled man, a decapitated man with his eyes gouged out, a decapitated and partially dismembered man, and this:

“Also Friday, a man riding a bicycle was shot to death in the city, five people were killed in drive-by shootings and a group of three men were shot to death at a fast-food restaurant near a school.

On Thursday, police in the northern city of Los Mochis, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, found the dismembered body of a man whose face had been skinned and stitched onto a soccer ball.”

More than 25 people were killed in Juárez in the first four days of 2010 alone.


17 Responses to “Juárez Violence Continues”

  1. We long for the violence of Pancho Villa and Eliano Zapata, it was much more peaceful then.

    Juarez and environs do not even qualify for the elevated position of a Third-World country.

    And, it’s all the fault of the NRA for opposing the assault-weapons ban.

    AD - RtR/OS! (946807)

  2. Eliano…Emiliano

    AD - RtR/OS! (946807)

  3. If all you wingnut xenophobes would just agree to open our borders and legalize drugs all this horrific violence would disappear, or something.


    daleyrocks (718861)

  4. When I was 12 our family visited friends in El Paso. We walked over to Juarez one day and while the poverty was obvious, we never felt in danger.

    The idea of walking over the bridge into Juarez for a day of shopping seems really stupid today.

    MU789 (514c52)

  5. My dad was once on the FBI in El Paso. I wonder what he’d have to say about this.

    And, sarcasm aside, legalizing drugs would make a lot of the violence go away. Gangster murders went ‘way, ‘way down after Prohibition came to an end…you don’t see Anheuser-Busch guys shooting at the man delivering Sam Adams, after all.

    Technomad (677f63)

  6. you but just on principle the sam adams guy should shout the Anheuser-Busch guy on principle. the principle being bud sucks.

    rumcrook¾ (4a9bee)

  7. um…. a guy had his face stiched to a football hundreds have been decapitated, thousands are being murdered but its the nra’s fault, did you mean to put a sarc tag but forgot?

    rumcrook¾ (4a9bee)

  8. Drug use is virtually 100% decriminalized in Mexico.

    Now, you can say that the violence in Mexico is all about supplying drugs to the U.S. But, if we legalize here, how do we know that the supply-route violence won’t just move north as the cartels fight for access to Canada. And, a lot of the violence in Mexico is over territorial hegemony, a conflict that could very well move into the U.S. as various groups fight for territory here, even for a legal product – just as that product is virtually legal in Mexico.

    Plus, there are disquieting reports of arraingements between various cartels and international terrorist orginizations. With legalization, would we be also accomodating entry into the U.S. of those terrorist groups?

    AD - RtR/OS! (946807)

  9. …and another thing:
    If drug use is so inconsequential, and prohibition is so destructive to society, why is not the UN calling for a world-wide decriminalization?
    Could it be because every society that has attempted to accomodate itself to drug-use has seen very severe side-effects of chronic of that drug-use/abuse?

    AD - RtR/OS! (946807)

  10. Comment by rumcrook¾ — 1/9/2010 @ 6:52 pm

    Most here know of my status as an FFL, and I would assume as an NRA member (if they didn’t, they do now); plus, I have commented regularly on the violence in Mexico, and our lack of responsibility for it.

    AD - RtR/OS! (946807)

  11. DRJ – I’m confused. On the dude who got the Benihana treatment and wound up with his face on the soccer ball – can the cartel really say they won’t have him to kick around anymore since they have the ball as a momento? Inquiring minds want to know.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  12. “how do we know that the supply-route violence won’t just move north as the cartels fight for access to Canada.”


    Because we’ll bore them to death after we freeze them to death. Then we’ll socialize the bastards with a five year medicare plan to death-panel their worthless asses.

    Fred Z (bc2518)

  13. Sounds like the citizens of Juarez City might be pining for a Blackjack Pershing.

    Techie (43d092)

  14. After drugs are legalized, Obama will make them free. Spread the wealth, baby.

    Alta Bob (e8af2b)

  15. There is a WAR in Mexico and WE in the United States are closing our eyes to it. I suspect that our government believes that it will not spill over but how can it not with the INSANE people in Mexico skinning the face off of their victim…WOW! The border MUST be secured and our TROOPS should be on the border!

    Jaded (1f19fe)

  16. Anyone remember where the stanza “From the halls of Montezuma” came from in the Marine Corps Hymn? Or why the red stripe worn by USMC corporals and above is called a “blood stripe?

    Just saying. We’ve done this before.

    While we’re at it, “To the shores of Tripoli” may be a good discussion-beginner, too.

    1560 SHP (d93c26)

  17. Yep. For the past 5 years now Mexico has been death-penalty-free.

    How do you think that’s working for them?

    Icy Texan (418ee0)

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