Daily Archives: February 27, 2009

Mexico

Have you been following what’s happening down in Mexico lately?  Shootings, kidnapping, heads rolling around in Igloo coolers; it’s like a Quentin Tarantino movie.  Now reports are circulating that the violence is not just spilling into the United States, it’s downright pouring in.  My dad called last night from Arizona and told me that some of the border towns are issuing warnings.  Drug lords have moved beyond simply creeping up here to kill the people who owe them money.  It’s a whole new ballgame of killing for the sake killing.  I believe in Spanish that translates to ‘Dios Mio!’

Last night police arrested Dennis Gluck on a bus near Ensenada.  Gluck is accused of chopping up his 90 year old father and his 78 year old mother.  killerThis is his picture from America’s Most Wanted.  What I want to know is; why is Mexico making everybody so gosh darn blood-thirsty.  Is it the heat?  The spicy food?  The bright colored buildings?  More than 7,000 lives have been lost in the past year.  It’s gotten so bad even the head of the Juarez Mexican police force has had to quit his job.  The drugs lords issued a message that he had to quit or else they would start killing his soldiers.  Let’s just say they were good on their word.   

Here’s the kicker, “According to most estimates, about 90 percent of all the cocaine flowing into the United States comes from Mexico and about 90 percent of the guns seized in drug-related violence come from the United States.”*  Isn’t it just like us to stir the pot.  So for those of you heading to Mexico this weekend, I would be remiss if I didn’t urge you to prepare for chaos.  Perhaps this is the time to draft up a will or read on the Internet how to make a bomb while you’re stuck in a holding cell with your kidnappers.  I wish you the best of luck and at least you don’t have to watch out for Mr. Gluck.  One down, five gazillion to go.
*Ruben Navarrette, CNN
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