Is the murder and mayhem in Mexico bizarre and disconnected from us as we sit so far from our nation’s southern border or is it maybe the leading edge of some form of mass chaos that could crack the social earth right here?
Another 17 people gunned down in a bar in Monterey, Mexico, adding to the toll of more than 34,000 people killed since the Mexican government escalated its offensive against the illegal drug business four years ago. Read the latest report from bbc.com.
To get a sense of perspective, I’d have to look up the statistics to see how this figure stacks up against comparable violence, organized violence, in the US during the same time. Census figures for 2008 show that there were 311 “gangland killings” and 711 “juvenile gang killings.” These categories don’t seem to match up with the slaughter in Mexico, which appears to be more like the killing sprees of the alcohol prohibition era in the United States (1920 to 1933).
TIME magazine recently ran a cover story on this issue. Here’s the cover article. The Los Angeles Times has done extensive reporting on this topic as well. Here is a list of recent articles.