Mar 19 2010

Downward spiral in Mexico continues

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 8:21 am

Previous posts have pointed up the huge problems in Mexico, and the very real danger that it is about to become a failed state. And the killers there aren’t just killing each other.

Mexico is getting out of control. While we should be sure not to make more out of this incident than it is, the killing of a US Consulate employee and her husband as well as the slaying of the wife of another consulate employee in Juarez is bad enough on its face and a sign that Mexico is having a difficult time curbing the drug violence ravaging the notoriously corrupt country.

Gunmen believed to be drug traffickers shot an American consulate worker and her husband to death over the weekend in the violence-racked border town of Ciudad Juárez, and killed the husband of another consular employee and wounded his two young children, the authorities said Sunday.Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, 37, the husband of an employee of the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Saturday in Ciudad Juarez.

President Obama expressed outrage at the “brutal murders” and in a statement from the White House vowed to “work tirelessly” with Mexican law enforcement officials to bring the killers to justice.

We echo the president’s outrage while also acknowledging that Mexico is tip-toeing the tightrope of democracy and civility with a hungry, drug trade-infused anarchy waiting below for a fall.

It’s not looking good. And the fundamental facts of the nature of Mexican society, culture and government have much more to do with why the USA has been invaded by illegal aliens than any “structural unfairness” in the relationship of the two countries.

We probably can’t solve our problems here without helping them solve their problems there. But it will take a creative approach that is nevertheless hardheaded… two qualities not in evidence in Washington very often, and very rarely found in the same person, or policy.