Mikuloski and Cardin Promoting Anarchy
Posted in the Barbara Mikulski Forum
#1 May 26, 2008
If you think this violence in Mexico is an isolated event, you better think again.
Entire Police Forces Defecting in Mexico
by Betty McMahon May 23, 2008
The question in Mexico’s Calderon-declared war against drug cartel violence is, who’s winning? The good guys or the bad guys? Which brings up another question: How do you tell the good guys from the bad guys? Hint: You can’t go by their uniforms.
The answer to these questions is so problematic that some city police forces are simply running for their lives. It’s one thing to protect the city they work for; it’s another to protect yourself from fellow officers you can’t trust.
The latest force to defect is from Zirandaro, a southern Mexican town of 24,000 in the state of Guerrero. The city’s 15 police officers walked off the job, a few days after eight officers left after a shootout that left one man dead.
"The Zirandaro police quit the service because they feared the criminals would return to seek revenge," according to the state’s public safety secretary.
Last week, the border town of Villa Ahumada had 20 police officers. This week, all of them have either quit, been killed or scared off following a May 17 attack that involved about 70 assailants. Eight people were abducted in the clash. The military is now patrolling the town.
Mexico’s police are running scared for good reasons. Not only are the cartels better armed than they are, but the forces are seeded with double-crossers. A federal police officer was arrested for his alleged ties to the Sinaloa cartel following the killing of Mexico’s federal police chief who was killed by an assassin who had keys to his house.
The presence of police in a town often produces the opposite effect for its citizens -- more tension than a feeling of comfort. The fact that their city needs military troop-carrying vehicles with heavily armed soldiers is disquieting. Heavily armed guards with bulletproof vests now patrol banks and hotels. People think twice about venturing into the streets for fear of being mugged, robbed or kidnapped.
Mexican columnist and businessman Carlos Luken has been following the situation closely.“It’s easy to criticize Mexico’s violent environment,” he wrote in a recent column ( http://www.mexidata.info/id1840.html .“Living in fear in order to live in peace seems to be an unfortunate choice that Mexicans had to make. But many feel it’s the only responsible solution to eradicate a nationwide ill that is killing the country’s future.”
Luken is seeing a faint light at the end of the tunnel of violence.“The results are beginning to trickle in, as a steadily rising number of cartel bosses and thugs are being hunted down or captured and sometimes killed during raging gun battles. Some kidnappings have been averted, and those that haven’t are solved summarily as military intelligence has hooked up with an ever-growing web of neighborhood watch programs that have yielded valuable data and led to many arrests and the liberating of victims.”
His analysis suggests the good guys have a slight edge, especially with the aggressive support of Pesident Felipe Calderon. One can only hope there are enough good guys left standing to finally prevail.
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