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Mexico Drug War

Police Outgunned

Drug money buying public support.

Forget Pakistan, we have a war right here at our doorstep.

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Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and Mexico City -- It was a brazen assault, not just because it targeted the city's police station, but for the choice of weapon: grenades.

The Feb. 21 attack on police headquarters in coastal Zihuatanejo, which injured four people, fit a disturbing trend of Mexico's drug wars. Traffickers have escalated their arms race, acquiring military-grade weapons, including hand grenades, grenade launchers, armor-piercing munitions and antitank rockets with firepower far beyond the assault rifles and pistols that have dominated their arsenals.
Mexico's Drug War: Mexico drug cartels’ new weaponry means war - Los Angeles Times
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Monterrey, Mexico -- The small houses of the Independencia neighborhood climb a hill that rises from the bone-dry Santa Catarina riverbed. Gang graffiti proliferate the higher you go, until they completely cover the cinder-block walls with slogans, threats and declarations.
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This is the traffickers' so-called social base: people loyal out of economics more than anything else, people who peddle the drugs and eagerly turn out when the traffickers want to mount street demonstrations against the government and the army.
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They go, Alanis said, because of the pay. It's a time-honored tradition in Mexico, where political parties, unions and other organizations reward people for showing up at rallies. There's even a word for it here, acarrear, which in Spanish means to transport but in Mexican slang adds the elements of payoffs and gifts.

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Alanis, the priest, said the generational hold makes the corruption here harder to fight, and leaves the residents vulnerable to traffickers' enticements.

"It used to be you tried to help troubled youths. Now there are entire families involved in drugs, consuming and selling," said activist Neli Valadez Macias. "And if the adults are doing it, what can we really expect from the youths? It's a disorientation of the entire family."
Mexico drug cartels buying public support - Los Angeles Times
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well, there you go.. another success story from a war on noun... wooot!



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well, there you go.. another success story from a war on noun... wooot!
All they need are some real weapons. Forget grenades, how about artillery ?
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While we fight a money losing war half a world away we could be spending one third of that stabilizing our direct neighbor.
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While we fight a money losing war half a world away we could be spending one third of that stabilizing our direct neighbor.
Gimme a f*&T^*&! break.

We already are.
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