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Mexican Army: 150 thousand soldiers have deserted in the last eight years

December 9, 2008

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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.

Cuarto Poder  (Tuxtla, Chiapas)  12/8/08
(Following are the first five pars. of an op/col by Francisco Valdes Ugalde)
“The three securities”
The main article on last Thursday’s “El Universal” is horrifying. 150 thousand soldiers have deserted in the last eight years, of which more than one thousand 500 come from elite corps.
The prior day, this daily pointed out that a year ago Sedena (read: Mex. Dep’t. of Defense) sent the nation’s Congress an SOS that was ignored, and warned that the degradation of the Armed Forces can become an irreversible situation in five years.
It’s about a combination of accumulated errors. An Army which despite its constitutionality has traditionally been left by the wayside by the governing groups and the dominating classes. The wrong political decision carried out by decades of involving the army in internal matters and as a substitute for the lack of capable and responsible police. And, finally, the deep-rooted perception of the citizenry that the Presidency of the Republic is capable of taking charge of the whole problem.
The three fundamental securities which society and the State require have been put in doubt: personal security, political security and national security.
What the Department of Defense revealed is extremely grave. If that number of personnel has been lost in less than a decade, and further, if this information is related to the appearance of paramilitary groups dedicated to the service of organized crime, than we are in very difficult circumstances.
(The preceding column was accompanied by a cartoon titled “That’s evident” showing President Calderon being held upside down. He says: “Have no doubt that sooner or later we’ll win the war against crime.”)



 Diario Xalapa  (Xalapa, Veracruz)  12/8/08
(The following is the 1st paragraph of an op/col. by Eduardo Andrade dealing with the reestablishment of the death penalty, currently being debated in Mexico. The reference to “Day 739” relates to the number of days since Pres. Calderon took office in ’06)
“Day 739. The loss of life index increases every week at a faster pace. The one that just finished closed with a new historical maximum of 10.87 (deaths) a day linked to organized crime thus far in this administration.”
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) , El Financiero  (Mexico City)  12/8/08 (Notimex news agency)
  “Mexico’s southern border is sealed following the violent events in Guatemala”
“Pedro Raul Mina Diaz, inspector general of the Federal Preventive Police in the area of Soconusco, said that the Mexican army, the Mexican navy, the Department of Justice, the Federal Public Security Department as well as state and city agencies are taking part in the operation.” “The instructions, he repeated, are to reinforce the operations already implemented in the matter of security and to maintain coordination with the National Civil Police of Guatemala.”
(The preceding is in reference to the shootout between rival Mexican and Guatemalan narcos a few days ago that left some 17 dead in Guatemala near the Mexican border.)
El Imparcial  (Hermosillo, Sonora)  12/8/08
Ten persons were abducted forcibly on Monday morning in the township of Pino Suarez, Durango. A witness reported that men armed with high caliber weapons arrived in three vehicles and carried the men away.
Norte  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  12/8/08
(Reporting Juarez events):
“From 1:00 in the afternoon on Saturday to 1:00 on Sunday, 17 persons lost their life in violent events, which adds up to a total of more than 65 victims in the first week of December.”
– end of report – 



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