It is hardly news that certain areas of Mexico are incredibly dangerous, having been overtaken by violent criminals from the nation’s illegal drug industry. While these hotbeds of murder have existed for many years, experts are now tracking the violence as it moves to new – and previously safe – regions of the country.
In a recent Western Center for Journalism article, intelligence analyst Dr. Lyle Rapacki detailed last weekend’s deadly 20-minute shooting spree just across the Mexican border from the town of Douglas, Ariz. While none of the protracted firefight directly endangered American citizens, its proximity to the border, he explained, is cause for concern.
Even before the violence erupted in Agua Pieta Jan. 18, Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson announced plans to tour several border crossings – including a stop in Douglas – this week to discuss security issues and other concerns with law enforcement officials.
Rapacki explained that the violence has been moving closer to the U.S. border recently, noting that “even places like Acapulco and Mazatlan” are now experiencing the dangerous trend. He suggested that, as Mexican citizens become increasingly frustrated with the usurpation of power by the nation’s drug cartels, a civil war could easily develop.
A recent report – written just days before the violent outbreak in Agua Pieta – detailed the ongoing struggle among Mexican citizens who are now trying to carry out a task the nation’s government has been unable to complete. With nearly 100,000 deaths resulting from cartel violence, many citizens are taking up arms in an effort to combat these criminals themselves.
During a conflict earlier this month in Paracuaro, for instance, vigilante fighters went to the streets to combat the Knights Templar cartel. A huge group of fighters, known as the Public Safety System, formed last year to fight similar threats in and around Guerrero. Such groups have developed across the nation, with the apparent common goal of battling their nation’s biggest security threat.
Former journalist and editor Rick Murray covered the rise of Mexican violence from Tombstone, Ariz. and shared some of his impressions with WesternJournalism.com.
He said “violence along the border is more common than most believe and it is almost never reported.”
The “scope of this outbreak,” he added, was the only reason the most recent attack received “any attention at all.”
Throughout his career, Murray said he was able to document increasingly common occurrences of violence perpetrated south of the border – but with a real impact in the U.S.
“I cannot tell you how much time we spent actually in the desert gathering news to disseminate to the American public,” he said, “but we had the facts no one else would get or report.”
Outrageously, as Mexican violence continues to increase and move closer to the U.S. border, American leftists are completely ignoring the trend and denying security measures designed to keep us safe.
–B. Christopher Agee
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