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Mexico Under Siege

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, May 9, 2011, 3: 16 PM

At least 34,000 people have been killed over the last 2 years in the ongoing war between Mexican drug cartels and Felipe Calderon’s government. It’s not yet certain which side is winning. Perhaps neither. Mainstream media coverage has been sporadic and uneven. It would be hard to have a complete understanding of the situation South of our border by reliance on the old print media and cable news reports. But there does appear to be one source that far outshines the rest.

That would be the Los Angeles Times special section under the heading Mexico Under Siege. That link will take you to a page the collects every story the paper has printed on the Mexican drug war from June, 2008 up through the very latest. It includes probably over a hundred stories, all well written and researched, and is a treasure trove of information for anyone interested.

Coming from an old media liberal-slanted newspaper it’s a surprise, and a welcome one at that. I didn’t think any outlet of old media was still capable of covering the news anywhere without distorting it so far to the left as to make it useless, but the LA Times coverage on the Mexico situation almost brings back memories of when the paper was owned by the Chandler family and was one of the best newspapers in the country, if not the world.

I haven’t read all of these stories, needless to say. And if I did I might find some things in there that would make my hair stand on end. I suppose that buried in these stories somewhere will be at least a few items suggesting that the drug lords are buying bazookas from mom and pop gun stores in Texas. [We now know they were getting guns from the BATF, the U.S agency responsible for the detection and apprehension of gun runners] But, so long as the perfect remains the enemy of the good I’ll ignore that possibility because what I’ve read so far is excellent reporting.

UPDATE: Thirteen killed Sunday in Mexican drug lord shoot out on Falcon Lake which straddles the Texas/Mexico border.

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  1. Ken Spiker said, on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 9: 29 AM at 9:29 AM

    I love Mexican culture and music. But I have to admit that something is very wrong in Mexico. More than your usual ubiquitous low level corruption, there’s something vastly evil in the Mexican spirit. Somebody once said (was it Marx?) that Spaniards are degraded Europeans and Mexicans are degraded Spaniards. What’s coming out of Mexico is sick, as sick as some of the stuff that comes out of failed Muslim states. I worry about you going to Northern Mexico. “We don’t need no stinkin badges!” But you can’t trust the guys with real badges either. The movie that best captures the Mexican spirit is “Santa Sangre.” Now they even have a new saint, Santa Muerte, for real. There are shrines to her all over Mexico. I know that tourists are relatively safe at least in tourist areas, but the vision of “The Peoples Guide to Mexico” is dead. Maybe there’s some kind of DNA which was inherited from the Muslims by 800 years of domination in Spain that is flowering in Mexico now. In any case, I just read in the paper this morning that another mass grave was found in Durango containing 180 corpses, all garroted. Dios mio. BULID THE GODDAMN FENCE!

    • TeeJaw said, on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 11: 16 AM at 11:16 AM

      I once spent a quite wonderful vacation at Bahia Los Frailes in Baha on the Sea of Cortez, about 75 miles North of Cabo San Lucas. Very remote, electricity by diesel generator, bon fire on the beach every night, wonderful food, endless walks on a deserted beach. I savor the memory but I won’t ever cross that border again.


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