The narco-civil war continues to rage in Mexico. Via CNN:
Police have found nine more bodies dumped around the Mexican border city of Tijuana, where nearly 50 people have been killed in a week of violence related to the drug trade.Violence has soared in Mexico since officials began a crackdown on the drug trade nearly two years ago. Municipal police found five of the bodies Saturday between two small shopping centers in the eastern part of the city.
The people had been beaten, and their hands were bound. The bodies of two beheaded men were found wrapped in blankets on a road elsewhere in the city, according to the Baja California state Attorney General's Office. The heads were in black plastic bags nearby.
One of these cities borders the United States and you don't have to be Catholicgauze to realize which.
The grinning optimist might well point out that a weekly death toll in Baghdad being less than that of Tijuana is a sign of American success in Iraq. A realist might then point out that Iraq is a failed state where the government is hyper-centralized and has, at best, a loose control over vast swaths of the land within it's political boundary and is reliant upon foreign aid from a super power. A particularly astute passerby might then point out, given the discussion, how strikingly similar the two countries seem.
Neither of our Presidential candidates have appeared to notice. Which is ironic, from where I stand as each are striving to take on a position in which they will have to deal with a collapsing neighbor state, deal with the cross border bleeding in terms of increased immigration in the form of refugees, increased crime in border cities and an increasingly hazy actual border line as cartels continue to press their influence north into the land of their opportunity.
God save the Drug Czar, and God save the War on Drug's, for it has been most fortuitous.
*Death toll for Baghdad compiled from iraqbodycount.org from 9/29/2008 through 10/4/2008