If you haven’t been following the news, and I personally wouldn’t blame you, Mexican drug cartels recently kidnapped the mayor of Santiago, Mexico. Santiago is apparently a popular spot for tourists and home to some of the world’s most brazen home invaders. According to BBC News:

“Police said Mr Cavazos had just returned from attending a public function on the town’s main square on Sunday when 15 gunmen broke into his home and forced him into a car. State governor Rodrigo Medina said he believed Mr Cavazos may have been targeted because of his efforts to tackle corruption in the local police force. The abduction followed a weekend of violence in Monterrey, some 430 miles (700km) north of Mexico City.”

Apparently snatching the mayor, and then later murdering him, was just the climax of an unusually bloody weekend. On Saturday the local drug cartels decided to play Grand Theft Auto in the streets and see how many stars they could rack up. Via Thaindian.com:

“The killing follows an increase in violence over the weekend in Monterrey, where drug cartel members blocked off more than 29 major roads on Saturday, dragging drivers out of their vehicles and using their cars to block off streets. The blockade occurred after a shootout with the Mexican army and members of the drug cartel that resulted in the death of four people. Police say that the cartels block off the streets as a show of force.”

I remember those Mexican tourism commercials when I was a kid in which they made Mexico look like Fantasy Island. And it astounds me how many people vacation there considering that the place is starting to look more and more like Mogadishu. Although I’m surprised that only four people died in a shootout between a drug cartel and the Mexican Army. I kill four people every morning before my first cup of coffee.

I’m not entirely sure that Mexico is an actual country at this point. I know it’s on a map, and it has borders and there’s a flag involved but I can’t fight the nagging suspicion that we have a dangerously dysfunctional state on our Southern border. And it’s not to belittle the Mexican people who, from everything I can see, get the dirty end of a double-headed dildo both in the U.S. and in Mexico. It also doesn’t help that their leader is a jackass.

“President Felipe Calderon, who has staked his presidency on a faltering drug war, condemned the “cowardly assassination” of Edelmiro Cavazos, the mayor of a town on the outskirts of Monterrey, an industrial center with close U.S. business ties.

“The murder of Edelmiro is an outrage and forces us to redouble our efforts to fight these cowardly criminals,” Calderon wrote in a Twitter update.” –  Reuters.com

First of all, public officials everywhere need to stop Twittering. Most especially when responding to the abduction and execution of a fellow elected official. Secondly, note the use of the words “faltering” and “drug war” and “Mexico” in that quote. Mexico needs Dirty Harry for a President at a time like this, not K.I.T.T.

If you ask me (and it’s kind of rude that you didn’t) I have to wonder why, if we can go halfway around the planet and topple Saddam’s Iraq, can we not rebuild a functioning nation right on our own doorstep? Yes, that would involve invading Mexico. And it would mean maintaining a military and civilian presence for decades, possibly centuries. The trade-off would be a rich, prospering neighbor where Niko Bellic isn’t dumping severed heads on the steps of the local courthouse.


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