Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Record week for killings

The national newspaper, El Universal, recorded 353 narco related murders for the last 7 days (which included the record breaking 89 in a single day last Friday and then, the new record breaking 90 Monday). This is an average of more than 50 killings a day for the week and includes several ambushes on police, one of which left 12 officers dead and 15 more wounded. In a nation-wide address yesterday, President Calderón, rather than questioning his own tactics (of using brute force to engage a multitude of social problems), continued to blame the high consumption of drugs in the US as the problem. Not surprisingly, no one from the US government had any comments on these predictable results of waging a war on drugs (although the rhetoric has changed, the tactics have not).

And, for an article of interest... an argument that the war on drugs has now changed to a civil war

For a map of the killings: click: Narco-killings

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