Recently, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared the escalating violence involving Mexican drug cartels to the war of terror waged against the Colombian government two decades ago.

“It’s looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago, where the narcotraffickers controlled certain parts of the country,” Clinton told the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. In some cases, the trafficking “is morphing into, making common cause, with what we would consider an insurgency,” she said.

Mexican officials took offense to the comparisons with Colombia and the use of the word insurgency. But while the situations may be different, the violence is no less well organized.

Some may argue with the use of the term insurgency, but visualize a similar situation in Southeast Texas. What if two television stations in Galveston had been attacked and a local journalist killed? What if 100 people were found massacred in Pearland, and the police chief and a detective were murdered shortly thereafter? What if all the cartel members held in facilities at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice unit in Huntsville escaped? What if the mayor of San Antonio were kidnapped and then found dead? What if two car bombs had gone off in Houston and San Antonio? What if the mayor of Wharton were assassinated? What if an investigation determined that the cartels were operating in Texas state trooper-cloned vehicles and wearing Texas state trooper uniforms? What if raids turned up arsenals of weapons, including military-grade weaponry? What if a major gun battle broke out in front of an elite private school, as security attempted to prevent an attack on or kidnapping of the children? What if 12 simultaneous cartel roadblocks appeared in Houston, while firefights broke out among cartels across the city? What if Southeast Texas experienced 20 grenade attacks? And what if all this occurred since the beginning of August? This is what the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon have experienced. The scenario does not include the horrors experienced in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.

More info: Houston Chronicle


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