I don’t often write about the narco troubles that Mexico is enduring/being inflicted with/fighting (delete as you feel applicable) because it gets more than enough coverage elsewhere. But last nights killing of one of the top drug lords by the military, and the video that I’ve posted below, is worth a post. It’s a pretty dramatic shoot out, captured on film, that took place in Cuernavaca, about a 40 minute drive to the south of the city from where I live. I say 40 minutes, but in Mexico that could range from 30 minutes (on a good day with no traffic and a slight disregard for speed limits) to a few hours!
President Calderon’s policies towards the drug cartels, and the use of the military to carry them out, are controversial to say the least. He’s sitting between a rock and a hard place in my opinion. It’s easy to say that drugs should be legalized, but for as long as the president of the country north of the border disagrees with that point of view, it’s not a realistic proposal.
I do personally give Calderon some due respect though. By taking on the cartels in a country where his own army, police forces and other security forces are so riddled with corruption and cartel agents, he is placing his own neck on the block. That of his family too. I don’t think he will be assassinated, but at the same time were it to happen, I don’t think I’d be terribly surprised. Anyway, on to the video, where you can see how the events were reported by Televisa.