Casino Massacre in Monterrey


The first thing I saw when I logged into my facebook account this evening was a status update from my aunt who lives in Monterrey, Mexico with my uncle and their three children:

Me da tanta tristeza lo que esta pasando en Monterrey.  Cada dia esta peor, hasta cuando nos van a regresar a nuestro Monterrey tranquilo

[Translated: It fills me with sadness to see what’s happening in Monterrey.  Each day it gets worse; how long until tranquility is restored in our Monterrey?]

A long string of comments from whom I’m presuming are other Monterrey residents include responses like, “I don’t know what’s happening in Mexico, but it’s really affecting me.  I hope it’s resolved soon.  Can you believe that there’s violence even in tiny villages like Arcabuz!”; and “I’ve just seen the casino in Monterrey. Those psychos don’t have mothers!”; and “Oh friend, this is so sad.  There are no words to describe this”; and “Where does this [violence] stop???”  A quick Google search revealed this horrific news:

(CNN) — At least 28 people were killed and numerous others injured in a reported grenade attack at a casino in Monterrey, Mexico, the capital of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, local police and an official with the Green Cross told CNN.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET) at the Casino Royale when two people aboard a vehicle arrived, and one threw three grenades into the building.

There were conflicting unconfirmed reports from local media that the assailants poured gasoline on the building before setting it on fire.

Between 20 and 30 people were trapped in the casino because of debris from the explosions, said Cmdr. Angel Flores with the Green Cross.

This violent crime comes just days after this atrocity. 

I fear for the safety of my family in Monterrey.  It’s hard not to despair when the Mexican government, the only entity big enough to do anything about the violence, is both incapable and unwilling to address the problem.

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    And we worry about Iraqi and Afghan sectarianism, when an equivalent criminal narco-state is entrenched along, and across the Southern USA border. Children shot at 15, random bomb attacks, it is insane there is no border controls in place, and the ATF is sending weapons down there with its blessing. I hope your family stays safe Diane.

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    I bet the leaders and families of the six cartels have dual citizenship in U.S. and mexico, and most of their families are living safely in the U.S. It’s time to declare the cartels Foreign Terrorist Organizations and identify which government and law enforcement officials in Mexico (and the U.S.) are benefiting from the drug trade.

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    Doctor Bean: Horrible unfathomable violence, almost all of which would disappear if the US stopped banning drugs. Yes, that would lead to greater numbers of Americans being addicted, but that would at least limit the lives destroyed to those who did it to themselves. ยท Aug 25 at 8:

    The police and the prison unions in the US have a stake in continuing the war on drugs. As do the cartels in Mexico, South America, and far off places like Afghanistan. We are financing our own enemies and corrupting our own people.

    One of the first signs that the US is headed towards real financial reform and a real war on terrorism will be when we stop the war on drugs.

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    I don’t know enough about Mexico fully to understand what’s happened there. This story–and so many countless others I’ve read today of unfathomable violence–has me terribly depressed, too.

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    Read the novel “The Adelita” by Oakley Hall.

    It is about the Mexican Revolution between 1914 and 1916 and the life of American protagonist up to 1970, whose life is always tied to the continuing repression and violence in Mexico. including witnessing the massacre of the students at Tlatelolco in 1968. At least hundreds of students killed by the Mexican government in its own capital. All the fiction in the novel is carefully built around the violent history of Mexico during the 20th century

    Yes it is a novel, but it captures the potential for violence in Mexico better than any other book I have ever read. (I suspect I repeated this recommendation.)

    Of course, there is the movie Cristiada on the suppression of the Catholic church in Mexico between 1926 and 1928 which was mentioned here a month ago:

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    Though we musn’t give into it, you’re right: its hard not to despair.

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    This news is almost incomprehensible.

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    Horrible unfathomable violence, almost all of which would disappear if the US stopped banning drugs. Yes, that would lead to greater numbers of Americans being addicted, but that would at least limit the lives destroyed to those who did it to themselves.

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    Diane I understand, I also have family in Mexico and at least for now they have been spared. They are in a small town but everyone knows there is cartel activity around. It’s gotten to the point that they do not go out for any long distance driving or other activity at night for fear of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. I can only pray for their safety. What is interesting is that they keep wondering why the US hasn’t acted more, they have lost just about all faith in their own government. The idea of an American incursion to suppress the cartels has been admitted as a desirable option.

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    Que triste, lo siento. That’s where you should point Molly’s bus and extricate them, the hurricane is kinder than los vientos malos.

    We can’t forget Fast n Furious,one of the reasons that our administration is unwilling to help .

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    When I lived in San Diego only 14 years ago, I felt completely safe to drive into Tijuana. And when I was an exchange student in Merida as a teenager I walked fairly safely during the day. It wasn’t like Iowa, but it was fine. Mexico, now, is completely unrecognizable to me. It’s on a tragic path and I don’t know how they can fix it. I’m sorry for your family’s worries, Diane. That must be stressful, especially for your mom.

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    The rape of that nation, as with any rape, is about power. The drugs are almost irrelevant. Stopping the War On Drugs will not end the power struggle amongst the criminals and the government is deeply involved. This is a descent into feudalism.

    Except for cocaine and heroin, the drugs brought in are readily available in this country, already. This isn’t happening because Mexican pot and meth are slightly cheaper than local products. I suspect that if we decriminalized everything but coke, heroin, and meth, we would suddenly have vastly fewer people on our side of the border willing to turn a blind eye and that would help. If we emptied our prisons of pot offenders, that might help. But that will not end the violence in Mexico.

    The struggle in Mexico will be over the control of our border and their petroleum resources. Those engaged in that struggle will never care about the Mexican citizens I believe they really want to control the traffic in humans and oil, not drugs. Plus, their port facilities are now attractive for importing goods, while avoiding California ports. Feudal lords and the Chinese do not like unions.

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