In following a link from Chirol's latest post (on the possibility of a sudden collapse of the Mexican state) I came across another article about a vigilante group that promises to kill one criminal every 24 hours in an effort to bring crime under control in the city of Juarez.
A group calling itself the Comando Ciudadano por Juárez, or the Juárez Citizens Command, is claiming it will kill a criminal every 24 hours to bring order to the violent crime-plagued city.As the Mexican state's authority continues to crumble it's not hard to imagine a mass realignment of citizen loyalties away from the state and into smaller enclaves that provide security and a semblance of normality in light of the states failure to do so. Five years (just to toss a number out there) from now we might see a fragmented Mexico with a shrunken state mass centered on Mexico city and the rest of the country a fragmented myriad of virtual city-states or even smaller tribe like entities with competing affiliations. These affiliations could fall in three distinct categories. Pro-government, pro-cartel, or completely independent. Another five years and they might coalesce into larger, competing and warring mini-states each vying for control of the motherland.
The announcement of the supposed group was the first known case of possible organized vigilantism in Juárez as police and the military have been apparently unable to stop a plague of killings and other crimes.
"Better the death of a bad person than that they continue to contaminating our region," the news release stated in Spanish.
The supposed group issued a news release via e-mail stating it is nonpartisan and funded by businessmen fed up with crime.
The group, also calling itself the CCJ, said it would issue a manifesto in the coming days and would set up a system where residents can electronically send information about criminals.
"Our mission is to terminate the life of a criminal every 24 hours ... The hour has come to stop this disorder in Juárez," the CCJ stated.
The announcement comes as Juárez struggles with a wave of homicides, extortions, carjackings, robberies and other crimes that began last year. Business people, teachers, medical professionals and others were targeted by extortionists in the last year as crime surged due in a part to a war between drug cartels. There were more than 1,600 homicides in Juárez last year.
Just for kicks, imagine two decades from now the US is brokering a two (or three) state solution not in the Middle East but along our own southern border in an effort to calm sectarian violence in our own border towns in cities and stem the tide of refugees flowing across the Rio Grande. Good times.