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Deadly Day in Mexico: 33 Killed in Gang Wars

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Posted on Jun 16, 2011
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Monterrey, in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, is a major Mexican industrial center.

In one bloody 24-hour period in the industrial city of Monterrey, Mexico, drug-related violence claimed the lives of 33 people, most of whom were allegedly connected to local cartels, according to Mexican authorities.  —KA

BBC:

But two of the victims were identified as bodyguards of the governor of Nuevo Leon, Rodrigo Medina.

Police said a threatening message addressed to Mr Medina had been found next to the bodies.

Mr Medina said the threats would not stop his determination to beat organised crime.

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By K, June 18, 2011 at 8:22 am Link to this comment
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Now just think what would happen if Mexico had oil ???

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By DonE, June 18, 2011 at 7:51 am Link to this comment

Language is important, and calling this “drug-related
violence” is inaccurate. It’s prohibition-related
violence, or drug war-related violence. If the killers
were killing due to being under the influence of drugs,
that would be drug-related violence. But that is not
the case. This violence is a turf battle over lucrative
markets handed over to the cartels by our prohibition
laws.

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By PatrickHenry, June 18, 2011 at 5:06 am Link to this comment

Cindy Wright,

We should sent the ATF and hundreds of other agents to Mexico to help facilitate the recapture of those weapons and help the Mexicans get it under control.

America has too many police and ‘agents’ with nothing to do except foment violence.  Send them where they can do some good or turn them into cash.

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By SoTexGuy, June 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

US involvement, by our narcotics consumers and out DEA and Military is already high.. look at the results..

BTW NAFTA and similar programs that ruined the rural economy of Mexico and beyond shares the blame for this catastrophe in Mexico.

As was said by one perspicacious commenter.. it’s the average people in Mexico who suffer.. for everyone else it’s big business.. news business, weapons business, political gain.. mayhem.. Take your pick. We have local authorities ASKING for Reaper Drones..

You may or may not see it in the MSM.. south Texas is in a practical lockdown.. Oh! but that can’t be true.. there’s no downside to the drug war over here.. Come to South Texas and spend your tourist dollars!

Andale!

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By SarcastiCanuck, June 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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Want to stop the violence.Then stop doing lines,puffing doobies,hitting the pipe and cranking up.Voila,wars over….Ain’t gonna happen boys and girls so lock and load…

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By tropicgirl, June 17, 2011 at 6:03 am Link to this comment

The main problem with the article is…

“control of the region between rival drug cartels…”

This could not be further from the truth, unless you could the CIA drug cartel.

The billions of drug dollars, admitted to, by the large, too-big-to-fail banks, that have been laundered by them indicates the truth of what is happening here.

This is simply a local commodity, owned by the locals, that has always been supplied by the locals, to the market. Same as any commodity, as we have recently seen, especially illegal ones, the government and CIA want control. That’s what they fight wars for. And thats what you pay taxes for.

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By FRTothus, June 17, 2011 at 5:16 am Link to this comment

The war on drugs is a war on the common man.  It is a
capitalist class war of the rich against the rest,
which makes anything and everything outside of the
state’s desire for monopoly use of force a crime. But
the real crime is Crony Capitalism in the anything-
but Free Market, the drive for profits the method,
corporate “rights” and investor prerogative the
excuse.  When rich people’s sources of millions is
threatened, they take decisive action. The
connections to the big banks and Wall Street, the US
CIA, are extensive and on-going.  Money laundering
and weapons sales are growth industries, excellent
money-makers for those plugged in.

The production of these drugs makes a lot of sense. 
For ordinary farmers, US-subsidized crop dumping on
behalf of Monsanto and others puts them out of
business otherwise. The farmers don’t have a choice,
and any Harvard economist would advise that farmer to
grow the one crop that pays for itself many times
over - cocoa. And while the farmer will not see the
real proceeds from his crop, he will be able to still
make a living on his farm.

The hypocrisy here, of course, is the US trade in
drugs.  Even putting aside the poppy production the
US took over in Asia and Afghanistan, there is still
alcohol and, worse, tobacco. 

The empire grows this, its own much more deadly drug
crop, tobacco, forcing it on other nations at the
risk of sabotage, sanctions, and war.

If the US is justified in interfering in another
country’s crops, why are they not justified in
eradicating ours?  Why is it not okay for them to
send in swat teams to “hit” the execs over at Philip
Morris or any of the others?  Why is it not okay for
Monsanto to be the target of bombings?  Maybe it’s
okay if they were to spread defoliant over North
Carolina tobacco fields. But then it is not about the
crop so much as it is about money and power and
control of that money and power. 

The decision to outlaw one crop or and not the other
is political, that is to say, economic.

The prohibition against victimless harms is a mockery
of freedom.  A free society allows adults to make
their own decisions, and does not use its police and
courts and laws to enforce witch-hunt morality.

Decriminalizing it will take all the profits out of
it, and highlights the capriciousness of law. The DEA
would lose funding. I can hear it now: It would put
people out of work.  Think of the economy!

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By Cindy Wright, June 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment
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@ PatrickHenry This is where they do not need any help
from this administration as they are accomplices to
this crime when the DOJ allowed AK-47s to walk across
the boarder in a sting operation know as “Fast and
Furious” There is now possible Obstruction of Justice
charges facing the DOJ and they may go as high as to
Obama. The death toll is now 150. They have blood on
their hands on this one and someone needs to pay for
the Death of Boarder Patrol agent Brian Terry.

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By morongobill, June 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment

It is coming here, actually it is already here.

Our insatiable demand must be supplied, collateral damage will be a by product.

The corruption of local lawmen and some politicians has already been prosecuted along the border areas.

Like our overseas wars this can only end badly here.

Next up, drone flights maybe?

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By PatrickHenry, June 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm Link to this comment

How I feel sorry for the law abiding residents caught in the crossfire.

If there was a need of US intervention it is not Iraq or Iran, it is here.

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By TDoff, June 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

Hey, if these south-of-the-border drug war contretemps keep escalating, and the direct and collateral damages keep rising in number, that will help solve the US illegal alien invasion problem.

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