During the past few years, the Mexican drug cartel has been completely out of control. Approximately 30,000 people have been kidnapped, decapitated and/or assassinated, but it appears the U.S. networks have put the story on the back burner. It was finally featured on 60 Minutes tonight, but it has really not been given the attention it deserves.
Most may be afraid to talk about the subject, as top officials in Mexico who try to fight crime, have been executed. The Mayor of Santiago, politicians, police captains, police officers, news reporters and regular citizens, and reporters, have been killed during this mayhem. A new police chief was even killed, while being interviewed by the news. He was gunned down right in front of his wife, along with the cameraman and reporter covering the story. Recent reports also claim the killings have spread from Mexico City, to Acapulco and surrounding cities.
It has now also reached our borders and some have even warned against visiting Mexico at all. Last week during the Sun Bowl, football players were even advised not to enter the city, due to the violence. Many in Texas fear being kidnapped, as they have heard stories about friends and family being targeted. Ransom is typically asked for by the cartel, but even when paid, does not guarantee a safe return.
This is a serious problem and no real answers to combat this issue, seem to be in the works. Will it need to hit home, for the local media to start covering these outrageous happenings, or will they continue to sweep it under the carpet? I have no plans of going to Mexico anytime soon, how about you?
POSTED JANUARY 9, 2011. CRIME IS MUCH WORSE NOW.
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