Meaning Behind Mexican Massacre
Published: May 16, 2012
Meaning Behind Mexican Massacre, The mass dumping of bodies shocks the world, but the message from drug cartels is clear.Mexico bodiesThe mass dumping of headless bodies administers a shock to Mexico, long numbed by a death count of nearly 50,000 brought on by president Felipe Calderon’s war against the crime cartels. By the time his tenure ends this December, six years after his declaration, that number will likely surpass 60,000.
What kind of headway has the country made since 2006? Of the seven major cartels, some have vanished, but smaller syndicates have scrambled into the vacuum. The two largest-Sinaloa and Los Zetas-remain in power and at each other’s throats. A beefed-up federal force has supplanted Mexico’s underpaid, poorly treated, corrupt police force, but corruption persists, and journalists are being killed.
The U.S. has been guarding its borders closely against violence, although the demand for drugs hasn’t deviated much since 2006. Nor have the American gangsters who facilitate the network. Worse, the barbarism-with notes taken from the al-Qaida playbook-has escalated.
Mexico crime siteMother’s Day massacre in Mexico-49 to 70: The corpses, mostly men, were dumped Sunday on a highway in Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon, about 75 miles outside Texas. The corpses’s heads, hands, and feet had been chopped off. First reports estimated there were 49 headless bodies, but the count may actually be closer to 70; the actual number won’t be known until the body parts are untangled.
According to Borderland Beat, these deaths resulted from a power struggle between the two largest drug cartels and were reportedly timed for Mother’s Day, May 10 in Mexico-and a day when some mothers marched to protest the government’s failure to stop the killings.
Los Zetas retaliated against the butchering spree by Sinaloas and its newest ally, the Gulf Cartel. The Gulf Cartel has been fighting with the Zetas since 2010 for Nuevo Leon turf. (Mexico has 32 states, and Nuevo Leon borders Texas.) Years ago, the Zetas were the gunmen for the Gulf Cartel.
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