In Mexico, Hundreds Killed In Drug Violence. Guess Who Gets Blamed?

For a change, the blamee is not Bush. Mexican President Calderone goes further

An explosion of drug violence in Mexico has killed hundreds of people in the past five days and prompted the country’s president to issue a 5,000-word manifesto warning that the fight against organized crime must continue “or we will always live in fear.”

As the latest spasm of killing has spread across the country, cartel assassins, local thugs and federal troops have died in running gun battles, highway ambushes and prison melees. On Tuesday, shooting broke out in the popular tourist town of Taxco, south of the Mexican capital. Mexican army troops, acting on a tip, raided a house and a firefight ensued, leaving 14 gunmen dead.

In an editorial printed in newspapers nationwide Monday, President Felipe Calderón defended his drug war as vital to the country’s security. More than 23,000 people have died in drug-related violence since December 2006, when Calderón first sent the Mexican military into the streets, according to a government report.

The president directly blamed the United States.

“The origin of our violence problem begins with the fact that Mexico is located next to the country that has the highest levels of drug consumption in the world,” Calderón wrote. “It is as if our neighbor were the biggest drug addict in the world.”

Uh huh. It’s our fault that your pissant country is riddled with corruption in law enforcement and government, as well as massive drug gang lords. It’s not our fault you allow cocaine and other drugs to flow through Mexico on its way to the United State. I know a way we can solve this, Felipe: we’ll build a huge fence across our border to stop the scumbags from smuggling drugs into the USA. You’ll approve of that, right?

Essentially, yes, it is partially our fault. Or, at least, the fault of the open borders crowd, of which Calderone is a part of (an open US-Mexico border, of course. Calderone fully supports shutting down Mexico’s border for the wrong people coming in to Mexico). Much of the smuggling used to come in by boat and plane, particularly thru our Gulf Coast and Southeastern states. Then they realized that it was a whole hell of a lot easier and safer to come across the land from Mexico to the USA. If they were caught, many of them would be released on bail, and would never return for the hearing. Or, simply deported. Illegals were used as mules, so, if caught, no biggie for them.

Shut the border down now!

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