Caption: Carlos Marentes ponders the gravity of the violence in Juarez.
Sixteen Mexican youth were gunned down at a high school party by multiple, heavily armed killers, who reportedly filed away in silence. A horrified world views photos of Sunday morning streets running red with innocent blood. And the neighboring
Clearly, violence in
Expressions of sympathy and wishes of solidarity may be appropriate. But words not backed by deeds are only empty words. What does a neighbor do in the face of such savagery? What now, United States?
Human rights activist Carlos Marentes, native of the border cities of Juárez /
“Juárez is frozen in a climate of fear. The citizens can not differentiate between criminals and authorities. For most of the people, they are one and the same. They are acting together.”
According to Marentes, the climate of violence in
Through the Merida Initiative, the
Ironically, a recent story in the Mexican El Universal reports that 70% of Merida Initiative resources remain in the United States as profits from contracts for military and intelligence equipment. The
As early as July 2009, Human Rights Watch called on the U.S. Department of State to disallow
This cry was reinforced this weekend at the National Latino Congreso, held in
The people of
Merely shaking a finger at Mexican corruption, or sending a sympathy note about Mexican violence is not enough now. These responses are easy, but they are not honest. The
Senseless savagery will continue unabated if we don’t.