Escalating Chaos on Our Border: As Chaos Threatens, Obama Continues Bush's Policies: Amnesty for Illegals, Partnering with Mexico, Neglecting Border Security, and Rewarding Corruption

By Jasper, William F. | The New American, March 29, 2010 | Go to article overview

Escalating Chaos on Our Border: As Chaos Threatens, Obama Continues Bush's Policies: Amnesty for Illegals, Partnering with Mexico, Neglecting Border Security, and Rewarding Corruption


Jasper, William F., The New American


The escalating violence along the Mexico-U.S. border has reached new levels of ferocity, as rival Mexican drug cartels battle each other and, simultaneously, wage war against Mexico's federal, state, and local governments. The opening weeks of 2010 brought incredible carnage to the streets of Mexico's principal border towns. "A record 69 people were murdered across Mexico on Saturday [January 9], making it the deadliest day since President Felipe Calderon took office just over three years ago," the Latin American Herald Tribune reported on January 13, citing Mexico's El Universal newspaper. The previous daily death-toll record was 57 murders on August 17,2009.

"The country resembled a grim, statistical dart board Saturday as law enforcement and media reported the deaths from various regions, including 26 in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, 13 in and around Mexico City and 10 in the northern city of Chihuahua," the Associated Press reported on January 12.

The Latin American Herald Tribune article on the latest Mexican crime carnage noted:

  El Universal, which keeps a running tally of the murders in the
  country, reported Sunday [January 10] that 283 people have been
  killed so far this year in Mexico. ... Last year, according to El
  Universal, was the deadliest in Mexico in the past decade, with 7,724
  people killed in violent incidents attributed to organized crime
  groups.

The spiraling vortex of violence is being driven by ongoing turf battles among Mexico's competing drug cartels, which seem to be vying with one another to establish ever more gruesome displays of public assassination and torture. Decapitation, dismemberment, defacement, mutilation, hanging, burning--the ultra-violent methods keep evolving, as the cartels escalate their campaigns of terror and intimidation.

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The recent murder-mutilation of 36-year-old Hugo Hernandez is a horrific illustration of the descent into barbarism on our border. Hernandez was kidnapped in the state of Sonora on January 2 and taken to the neighboring state of Sinaloa, apparently by rival cartel members. His body, cut into seven pieces, began showing up in separate locations. Lastly, his face was sliced off and stitched to a football. The grisly "trophy" was delivered to the city hall of the town of Los Mochis in Sinaloa.

This follows closely on the high-profile mass murder of the family of Mexican Marine hero Melquisedet Angulo Cordova. Cordova had been killed in the December 17 gun battle in Cuernavaca that also took the life of Arturo Beltran Leyva, known as the Mexican cartels' "Boss of Bosses." The young marine was given a hero's burial with full military honors for sacrificing his life in the fight to bring down Mexico's most wanted criminal. Hours later, his home was invaded and his family gunned down. Among the dead: his mother, brother, sister, and an aunt.

Before the month of January closed, Ciudad Juarez was the site of another atrocity: the mass murder of teenagers enjoying a combination birthday and high-school soccer victory party. The students, who reportedly had no known connections to gangs or drugs, were celebrating when several vehicles pulled up to the residence and as many as 15 gunmen got out and began shooting those who were outside the house. Then they moved inside and shot everyone in sight, as youngsters fled, or attempted to flee. When the shooting stopped, 14 victims lay dead, and another 14 were wounded, some seriously. Two of the wounded have since died, and other victims may also succumb to wounds sustained during the massacre.

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On the same night as the party massacre, January 31, gunmen attacked a crowd reportedly composed mostly of college students in a bar in the city of Torreon, in the northern border state of Coahuila. Ten were left dead, 11 wounded. The following day in Torreon, six cartel gangsters and a federal policeman were killed in a running gun battle involving a convoy of cartel vehicles through the streets of Torreon's busy shopping district. …

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