Mexico Under Siege
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.