An important thing is that at least 90% of these arms are imported from the
The Zetas also are actively and openly recruiting and training new members for their force in training camps. They are hanging up recruiting posters in northern México. In addition, the Zetas and other paramilitary outfits are also operating now in some areas in the
They are recruiting boys 15 to 18 years old along with ex-federal, state and local police officials. You fire a corrupt police official today and he ends up working for the other side tomorrow.
You might ask where the funds for such an operation are coming from. Note that the profits from the
Recently, the Mexican government has made public the deaths from the war that confirms the estimates by the press are, if anything, low. As of 16 May, this year’s toll is 1,245, which is running at a higher rate than ever. More than 4,500 in the past eighteen months.
A new trend is emerging now with some northern towns experiencing the Zetas riding into town and simply telling the police to leave . . . or else. Something like a super “High Noon” episode. The police disappear into the woodwork and the Mexican army takes over later. And this is in towns up to 20,000 population. In one city of 350,000, a newly installed police chief was assassinated after only serving 6 hours in his new job.
Mexican scholar Raul Benitez states, “the Zetas clearly [have] become the most serious threat to the nation’s security.”
So to the
Mexicans keep asking me why the
As far as México’s pleas to cut down the illegal arms shipments to México, we suspect that this runs into 2nd amendment issues that hamper control of this market.
In light of this is the probable success of the “Mérida Initiative” that President Bush has put before the
And yes, the
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