Talk about the state losing the monopoly on violence, from the NYT:
Gunmen believed to be linked to drug traffickers shot a pregnant American consulate worker and her husband to death in the violence-racked border town of Ciudad JuÃ¡rez over the weekend, leaving their baby wailing in the back seat of their car, the authorities said Sunday. The gunmen also killed the husband of another consular employee and wounded his two young children.
The shootings appeared to be the first deadly attacks on American officials and their families by Mexico’s powerful drug organizations. They came during a particularly bloody weekend when nearly 50 people were killed nationwide in drug-gang violence, including attacks in Acapulco as American college students began arriving for spring break.
The killings followed threats against American diplomats along the Mexican border and complaints from consulate workers that drug-related violence was growing untenable, American officials said. Even before the shootings, the State Department had quietly made the decision to allow consulate workers to evacuate their families across the border to the United States.
But never fear, President Obama has vowed to “work tirelessly” with Mexican law enforcement to prosecute the killers.
I certainly don’t have any idea what to do at this point.
Long term the obvious solution is to end the black market in recreational drugs and take that revenue away from the worst of the killers. But at this point the cartels are so entrenched, so established and so violent that they threaten to completely swamp Mexican civil society.
Don’t laugh, we’re next.