The war south of the border

Jimmy Skaaland, Staff Writer

 

The wars we have been engaged in throughout the Middle East over the last decade have cost trillions of dollars and thousands of soldiers their lives.  While we as a nation have been so focused on that enemy, we have managed to overlook a very real war going on right below us in Mexico.  This war is similar in many ways such as that the enemy is not another country, making an invasion or bombing difficult if not impossible.  The enemy is the Mexican drug cartels; they live among the people and avoid capture through brutal and savage acts of violence.  They have launched war against the Mexican government, assassinating police, politicians, the army, and even journalists who expose them.   Even though it’s on the border with the United States, it is one of the least reported international stories.

                Last week the Zetas cartel dumped 49 decapitated bodies on a highway about 100 miles southwest of Texas border; this is by far the most blatant show of terror they have performed in an effort to subdue resistance against them.  There are many Mexican towns without police chiefs due to the fact that each time one is appointed they are kidnapped within weeks, if not days, and usually returned in dismembered parts to the police station or throughout the town.  The drug war in Mexico has claimed over 50,000 victims since 2006, according to the Associated Press.  The cartels control all the drug smuggling into the United States by bribing officials, officers, and anyone who they feel can help them; if bribes are not accepted, the person or their family goes missing.  This is by far the largest direct threat to the United States, as the 50,000 victims do not include countless Americans who have died from overdoses on the drugs these cartels are financed by.  If the government wants to claim a victory on the war on drugs, then it must step up and battle these guerrilla forces.