Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Something Violent This Way Comes

FOXNews reports drug cartels are sending a message to police and soldiers in cities across Mexico, join us or die. The threat appears in recruiting banners hung across roadsides and in publicly posted death lists. Cops get warnings over their two-way radios. At least four high-ranking police officials were gunned down this month. 22 commanders in the border city of Ciudad Juarez were named on a handwritten death list left at a monument to fallen police this year. It was addressed to "those who still don't believe" in the power of the cartels. Of the 22, seven have been killed and three wounded in assassination attempts. Of the others, all but one have quit.

Things are serious south of the border with some now speculating about the possibility of civil war between a federation of drug cartels and the Mexican army.

If there were ever a time to secure the border it is now. However the lethargic legislators we allow to rule us will wait until some catastrophe happens. Then will come the finger pointing, the name calling and the tired rhetoric. Hopefully, this time we will hang them all which is what they deserve.

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