What is more dangerous for Americans than the coronavirus? Going to Mexico.
Edgar Lopez, a golfer who lives in El Paso, Texas, was quarantined from coronavirus along with his Mexican girlfriend just across the border in Juarez. They were protected from the wrong ailment. Both were shot to death in broad daylight by assailants who were not caught and never will be. That same weekend an American woman and a young boy were shot and killed after crossing the bridge from El Paso. Another American woman was murdered inside a tortilla shop in Juarez
Americans used to be immune from drug cartel violence – bad for business. But no longer, and they are just a tiny fraction of the more than 2000 murdered so far this year in Juarez. Imagine if that number of people had been killed in a U.S. city. A frenzied media would be demanding accountability, urging concern and compassion. Yet the Mexican massacre hardly rates any coverage as if death across the border is somehow less consequential. Who really cares?
Yet a case can be made that Americans’ vast consumption of Mexican drugs finances the cartels that do the killing. To what extent then are Americans responsible, and shouldn’t the media be making that crucial connection? Or perhaps it doesn’t care to. Americans dying of overdose is one thing, Mexicans murdered quite another.
In the meantime Juarez is well on the way to reclaiming its title of the “murder capital of the world” in competition with equally crime ridden Acapulco, where in that same weekend of slaughter three police officers were gunned down while patrolling an upscale tourist district. Ten other people were also killed in the area, and an investigation continues of a burned body in a car that may be that of a Canadian businessman who had disappeared.
A small sampling of a larger disaster that unlike coronavirus is man made and thus can be unmade by man if so desired. No search for a vaccine is necessary.
There is one benefit – a silver lining – to the coronavirus epidemic. The super rich, wildly violent Mexican dug cartels are also struck. Production is way down, supply chains are broken and prices for drugs have risen 400 per cent. The cartels’ multi-billion dollar business in the U.S. is in jeopardy.
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Jeanine Cummins could not have
asked for greater accolades for her new novel, “American Dirt,” about a mother
fleeing with her child in Mexico after a drug cartel has killed her journalist
husband and fifteen others in a not untypical massacre. “Marvelous,” “masterful,”
“dazzling,””riveting,” “a Grapes of Wrath for our times,” referring to John
Steinbeck’s famed novel of American migrants heading west in the Great
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Mexican drug cartels, who
basically control the country, pounce mercilessly on any resistance, which may
explain last November’s savage attack on a group of American Mormons trying to
reach a wedding. Nine women and children were either shot to death or burned in
exploding cars. It was also a clear warning to other Americans: We’re on our
way loaded with drugs. Don’t try to stop us.
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The drug cartels’ ravaging of
Mexico doesn’t get much coverage in the American media, suggesting Mexicans,
though close by, don’t count so much. More surprising is the neglect of cartel
activity right here in the U.S. That has now been remedied by one newspaper,
the Louisville Courier Journal, which has provided an extensive, painstakingly
researched account of this invasion of poison and brutality from south of the
Continue reading “Drug Cartels Invade U.S.”
Americans got a taste of Mexican violence, and it was bitter – three women and six children shot and burned to death in northern Mexico. The American media rose to the occasion with a little more coverage than usual of this kind of violence, but failed to do justice to the story…
Continue reading “Aftermath of the Massacre”
It was inevitable. As Mexico’s appalling crime edged closer to the U.S. border, it finally struck Americans – three women and six children, including two eight-month-old twins, on their way to a wedding not far from the border. Shot and burned to death in their cars, the victims evoked horror in the U.S. But in Mexico, unfortunately, it was an all-too-familiar event with murders about to set a record this year. Continue reading “Time to Destroy the Drug Cartels”