Double Update from El Paso Times

If it isn’t a war zone, it would be hard to tell by the body count, which has reached 207 in the Juárez area this year.

In the first five days of February, 54 people were slain, surpassing the 37 homicides in all of February last year.

UPDATE:  Armed and beyond.

Last week Gen. Ángeles Dahuajare announced that more than 17,000 soldiers had deserted in 2008.

“The Mexican Army is becoming a revolving door for the enforcement arm of the drug cartels; they simply pay better,” Stewart said.

Oh really?

It’s a war that last year claimed four times as many lives as were lost in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan — and it is right on America’s doorstep.

Drug-related violence in Mexico has reached record numbers with an average of 15 people executed daily — and some 6,000 killed last year. As a result, a chorus of U.S. officials has been sounding alarm bells.

Last month Mexico was cited as one of two countries that “bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse,” according to a report by the U.S. Joint Forces Command on worldwide security threats. The other is Pakistan.

If this is true, why do the Mayor and other officials live in the US ang drive to Mexico daily to govern????

State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, noted that not only does the Juárez mayor commute to his job from El Paso, but so do other Juárez city officials.

Also chilling is this quote in the article from one U.S. law-enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity: “Dozens of El Pasoans are kidnapped by gangs working for the Mexican cartels in Juárez.”

Mexican Police officers taken to the local county hospital in El Paso, Texas.

No, Mexico is NOT winning the war on drugs.

MORE:

  1. Mexico drug gang clashes kill 15 in Tijuana
  2. Head of Interpol Mexico arrested for drug ties
  3. Nine headless bodies found in Mexico
  4. Federal Cops Continue Round-Up in Juarez, Mexico
  5. Drug smugglers bribing U.S. agents on Mexico border
  6. Report: Mexico More Dangerous Than Iraq
  7. Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Off the Charts
  8. Drug violence kills at least 49 in Tijuana this week
  9. Mexican drug wars worry some Americans
  10. Journalists targeted in latest Mexico drug violence
  11. Mexico police chief’s head found in ice box
  12. Drug Cartels to Mexican Police: ‘Join Us or Die’
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