Sunday, March 1, 2009

How Are Things on the Border? [3/2/09 Edition]

CNN report: February 27, 2009
[Thank you for caring about this situation enough to read this report. Images can communicate where my words fail. The CNN report attached above contains graphic images. Viewer discretion is advised.]

With so much happening in this Border war zone, I'll keep this report to the main bullet points. (No pun intended!)

* Mexico will send 5000 more soldiers to Ciudad Juarez. Meanwhile a prominent Mexican civil rights activist told a forum in El Paso that the military is involved in unlawful detentions, torture and other abuses while failing to stop the killings. Oops.

* Mexico's President Felipe Calderon felt the need to deny that Mexico is a "failed state." The next day a US State Department report on narcotics control praised Calderon, saying his efforts against the cartels have "proven to be effective." Hmm.

* Meanwhile rampaging organized crime syndicates thumbed their noses at reinforced security measures in northern Mexico, killing 20 people overnight Wednesday. Six of those murders occurred in Juarez.

* The US State Department did not tell spring breakers not to go to Mexico, but it did advise them to avoid areas of prostitution and drug-dealing. (!!!) More than 6,000 people were killed last year in Mexico.

* Texas Governor Rick Perry visited El Paso this week. He wants 1,000 troops to help guard the Texas-Mexico border. "I don't care if they are military, National Guard or customs agents....We must be ready for any contingency." Our local representative responded: "No one in El Paso supports militarization of the border."

* Police are investigating threats against Juárez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz, who moved his family to El Paso for safety, El Paso police announced Monday.

* After several officers were slain last week, the Juarez police chief resigned. Drug war operatives threatened to murder one of his officers every forty-eight hours until he quit. Since last year more than 60 police officers have been killed in Juarez.

* A Homeland Security official affirmed that Mexican drug cartel violence has spilled over into Texas. Later in the week the US attorney general announced a drug cartel roundup that netted over 750 apprehensions from across the nation.

But, from the Good News Department:

Mexico's federal attorney general said Thursday that more than 1,000 people have been killed in drug violence so far this year, but that he believes the worst is nearly over. We certainly hope he has some insider information to substanciate his belief.

And, despite the chaos, millions of ordinary good people in Mexico continue their lives, battling the odds and finding meaning and happiness in small events of ordinary life.


eProf2 said...

Sixty Minutes did a segment on the border situation in Juarez last night. I hope you caught it. One of the major appeals to the US is to help Mexico stop the flow of guns into Mexico from the United States. So, if we have a border patrol, shouldn't it work on this side of the border to stop immigrants and drugs from coming in and guns going out?

Border Explorer said...

Thanks, eProf--I did catch it. You're making another good point here. The US only inspects what enters the country, not what leaves. I'm keeping you on the payroll for that observation! ;-)

Jan said...

eProf2 tells what I read in the newspaper today. It's scary. I'm glad you can say that millions of people in Mexico are living as best they can. But why do we as Americans allow guns such freedom?

Katie Schwartz said...

unbelievable. Words fail me. I'm so glad you posted this, BE.

Diane said...

I too watched the 60 minutes segment. I just begged my husband to turn off Lou Dobbs, too. Couldn't stand his posturing on "illegal aliens" and .... well, just about everything else right now.

Vicente Duque said...

Racial Profiling is the Last Fashion in some Counties

Don't get a tan on the beach, and you won't be mistaken as a "Minority"

Dye your hair blonde and color your eyes blue, it is easy !

Do you know how to make your skin whiter ??

How to be safe from Racial Attack or Police Brutality ( For Dummies )

Bertold Brecht said about the Third Reich : "since I wasn't a Jew, I didn't worrry, Since I wasn't a communist I didn't worry", etc ... Or something like that.

And you know or can guess the rest of what Bertold Brecht said, We don't mind if other communities or ethnics are attacked until we receive the attack of Coward Terrorists and Bastards, that believe to be superior Ethnically, Racially or as a Police or Authority.

Most People naively believe that Racism or Police Brutality is something that they will never experience.

In Elections Day November 4, a White Man was left crippled for Life, when some coward thugs believed that he was a Black Man, that was a confusion.

Any man can be mistakenly profiled as Gay and suffer grave beatings or even death. Same for any Woman. It has already happened that somewhat is killed for being confused as gay.

Don't get a tan on the beach, and you won't be mistaken as a "Minority" ....

True or False ?

But remember that the Ku KLux Klan has killed thousands of White People for being sympathizers of the "Inferior" Races, The KKK has even killed neophyte White Women during Initiation.

And people have been killed for being confused as "Jews" or "Comunists"

In a movie the Blond Husband of Jane Fonda is profiled as Latino and detained by the "Migra" because he got some Hispanic Friends while being desperately unemployed. His Anglo Friends had good jobs and abandoned the Friendship of Jane Fonda's Husband, and the Guy became friendly to other Races, finally he ended in Jail.

This was a comical movie to make you laugh, but sometimes Reality is more Fantastic than Fantasy, and you may be profiled as Not Perfectly Aryan, and not Racially Correct.

And even beautiful Blond Women with dreamy blue eyes have been attacked by Brutal Policemen. Just look inside my "Main Pages" for Police Brutality.

Vicente Duque

Border Explorer said...

Jan, good question! So many people are passionate about the right to have arms.

Katie, thanks for weighing in.

Diane, he would be intolerable for me, too.

Vincente, you are a hero to me.

Dusty said...

I am putting this up on Sirens always thank you for keeping us informed. ;)

Dave Dubya said...

And it's all thanks to the "war on drugs".

If we had the wisdom to stop that and the "war on terror" we'd all be better off.