Skip to comments.23 seconds of the Mexican drug war-(Full video murder EXPLICIT GRAPHIC)
Posted on 12/06/2008 11:06:45 AM PST by Flavius
Reporting from Monterrey, Mexico -- In the seconds before the gunmen burst into the tiny Lozano Garza jewelry store in this city's downtown, three shoppers browsed the display cases.
An unarmed security guard sat by the door.
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“Sweet Jesus, that made me nauseous. Absolutely brutal.”
It’s the way third-world hits have been going down for decades. It used to be that thugs in the US knew they’d get caught and executed for doing innocent bystanders, but no longer. [And I know this particular one was in Mexico.]
You should check out what kids today are seeing on tv and in movies. Not to mention video games.
The utter madness that has been the War on Drugs must end.
Would you address the role of the black market created by prohibition of drugs, and the riches that black market brings to the drug cartels, in the case of this shooting?
On this the day after the 75th Anniversary of the Repeal of Alchohol Prohibition in the USA, were you to study a little bit of history, you might realize how the Mafia, organized crime, and corruption of public officials skyrocketed once the black market of ilegal alchohol was created.
Only then, might you realize how backwards your original statement is.
Yet leaders of our own country would want us unarmed.
Such wanton bloodlust. The worst part was they showed no mercy, they sprayed anything that moved, and some that didn’t. The worst one however, to me, was the security guard, that man kept shooting him at almost point blank range with his AK variant. Then while his corpse lay on the floor, he pulled his pistol and let another round into him. Barbarians.
Playing dead would not have helped. The killers made deliberate “security” (make sure they’re dead) shots into everybody, moving or not. This was professional, this was police or military, “off duty,” I have zero doubt.
Typical Mexico. Wear a badge one hour, a mask the next. See the movie “Traffic” with Michael Douglas.
The site is a visual tally of the results of the great War on Poverty, affirmative Action and Diversity @ all cost.
It is depressing.
Low level violence of the sort you describe in places like the UK occurs because citizens don’t have the right nor the means to defend themselves from it, and because the legal system is completely overboard in protecting the accused.
Violence like this War on Drugs incident, which is pretty obviously a planned hit on the police commander, happen because there is an artificial scarcity created by the government making drugs illegal. Economics 101 says that artificial scarcity drives up prices. There’s so much money involved, that people are willing to ignore the illegality and to kill over it.
Two very different situations.
The War on Drugs really *is* a quagmire. We haven’t managed to change human nature in the 50 or so years we’ve been fighting it. What makes you think doing more of the same will net a different result?
Narcos give the police a choice: Plata o plomo? (Silver or lead?)
In other words, go on the take for silver or we’ll pay you off in lead.
So sad what is happening to this wonderful country.
So you completely ignore the question to you, and make no attempt to address the point made.
Sorry...talk to my Aunt who put a bullet in her head after 15 years of drug use. Cleaning her apartment and the floor where her brains splattered was something that a 16 year old remembers the rest of his life. Hairless, skinny, toothless, penny less, she thought her family was uncool, tools of right wing fundamentalism and her drug use (meth, pot, heroin, hash, LSD pills, paint) was an expression of freedom and non conformity. Her belief that the “cop pigs that control her right” to do what she wants with her body ended up killing her. My parents didn’t need to do any drugs not even alcohol and so their parents and further back. They worried more about the kids and grand kids than getting “high” and looking “cool” and trying to find “themselves” and their place in the universe by screwing up their synapses with chemicals 24/7. Anyone or group that promotes any drug use for pleasure, getting high, I stay away from.
The Lord of the Flies.
I understand where you’re coming from. I am not pro-drugs or pro-drug use.
I can see for myself that there will always be a demand for drugs.
America learned the hard way from alchohol (a drug) prohibition, that the black market suppliers will step in and fill the need, and enrich and empowern themselves, corrupt officials, and usurp the constitutional rights of citizens. Prohibition of alchohol was repealed, and the gunfights between different gangsters supplying illicit beer stopped.
Now, drug prohition has been enacted, and the gunfights, massacres, corruption, and usurption of rights are exponentially worse.
The drug cartels are making more money than Al Capone could have dreamed of, and the police are profiting when they seize assets.
Meanwhile, the drug use continues unabated, because people will always do drugs.
Alchohol sales are regulated and taxed. This does not mean that the government encourages drinking.
Most two peso street thugs in Mexico can't afford guns. The guard was there to prevent quick smash and grabs. This was a hit on the police commander. the police commander did something to anger the local drug lords and they took him out. The others were just in the way. It's probable that a "friend" of his or even member of his family made a few bucks (USD) off the deal.
The only armed security guards who I've seen in Mexico have been employees of large multinational corporations who spend most of their time sitting in the shade, hanging out in the cafeteria and occasionally walking through the parking lot of the machiladora to deter car burglaries. These guys can legally carry revolvers and pump action shotguns. No "automatic" weapons.
The narcotraficantes, as you can see from the tape, can carry anything they want. Cheap Chinese AKs seem to be popular these days.
Mexico has gone to hell. If we don't close our borders the US will end up like the Roman Empire in the 5th century.
During the 1960's the generation who won WWII ran the country. To them "war" meant the decisive defeat of a great evil. Therefore, we got the War On Cancer (some progress but no final victory in site), the War On Poverty (which the poor lost) and of course the War On Drugs which it is starting to look like the constitution lost.
The problem that the WWII generation didn't recognize in the 1960s when all these "wars" were started, is that in the era of nation states "wars" have typically not ended the way WWII did. More often they end in exhaustion of or bloody, indecisive stalemate - like Vietnam or Korea.
No matter how anyone feels about the legalization of drugs I think we can all agree that at very least we need a better metaphor.
By the 1960's the generation that had led the WWII campaign had been pushed aside. Indeed, they had been mostly pushed aside in the late 40's and 1950's.
While Tom Brokaw has declared my parents generation the greatest, I feel strongly that it was my grandparents generation that went unheralded and the true champions.
Look at the sacrifices my grandparents generation endured. They fought on the battlefields of WWI, watched helplessly as an estimated 675,000 Americans aged 20 to 40 died due to the flu epidemic within a matter of a few months, endured Prohibition that gave organized crime a solid footing in the USA, suffered the Great Depression while providing for their families, sent their sons and daughters off to serve and die during WWII, planned every element of the war and production necessary to win the war, and insisted on nothing less than unconditional victory.
If the generation Tom Brokaw declared the greatest is due that status, then the generation before should be declared the generation of life because they faced death like no American before or since, and fought with great determination for life. If indeed Brokaw is correct in bestowing the label greatest upon the generation he choose, someone needs to enlighten me as to the captains of industry of that generation, along with the generals and admires that delivered our WWII victories that were of my parents generation.
It was Brokaw's "Greatest Generation" that sought to fight in Korea and Vietnam to less than unconditional surrender.
Now, it's just my hunch predicated upon the history of my grandparents generation, but I believe they would be dumbfounded by the War on Drugs having lived through the crime, corruption and grief that was Prohibition. They would be most unsettled by the tens of thousands of deaths and carnage Americans have suffered due to the War on Drugs and how anyone not profiting from the failed effort could think it worthy to continue. The FBI estimates over 200,000 American youths are now in gangs affiliated with the foreign drug cartels and foreign paramilitary organizations, and their ranks are swelling.