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El Universal (Mexico City) 8/19/10

Editorial: Saving Monterrey

The second most important city in this country, the nerve center of national industry, is at the breaking point on the edge between civility and barbarism. If Monterrey falls, like Ciudad Juarez and Reynosa, the country will be on a path to doing so as well. What other diagnosis can be made when the jewel of the country’s economy finds itself trapped between bullets; when it is so simple to kidnap officials like Edelmiro Cavasos, mayor of Santiago – a suburb of Monterrey – who was found dead yesterday? In less than two years, Monterrey went from occasional violence in the poor neighborhoods to narco-blockades throughout the city, grenades against the local media and kidnapping of public officials from their own homes.

Monterrey has been the principal point of exchange between Mexico and the United States, the pioneer of the country’s industrialization, area of the largest businesses, focal point of political influence and pride for the wealth produced through its efforts. It is for this reason that the capital of Nueva Leon is for Mexico what New York is for the United States; Barcelona, for Spain; Milan, for Italy; Shanghai, for China. None of those countries could even consider the possibility of seeing those cities in the hands of organized crime, as much for the economic impact such a tragedy would represent as the symbolism it would generate: a virtual definitive defeat of the State.

(The editorial continued with suggestions for more federal help than just police actions as have failed in Chihuahua and Tamaulipas and concluded: )

The breakdown of Nuevo Leon and its capital is perhaps the major challenge that President Felipe Calderón will encounter, one of the moments that will define his legacy in national history.


El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 8/19/10

US irresponsible for arms sales: Calderón

Mexico City – President Felipe Calderón stated that the US has not made an important effort in reducing drug consumption and calls the US “irresponsible” for selling arms that end up in the hands of drug cartels. He urged that opinions, not only from Mexico but international, be aimed against US arms traffic. He considers that US arms traffic provokes conflicts in poor countries.

“Arizona law will continue to cause problems for migrants”
Morelia, Michoacán – “The famous SB 1070 law that was enacted in Arizona will continue causing problems for our migrants because there are police authorities that are not going to respect the restrictions that were made. In fact, we hope that in other states they will not try to imitate such a law,” said Zaira Mandujano Fernandez, the state’s secretary of migrants. She explained that, rather than returning home to Michoacan, the migrants made use of family ties and moved to other cities in the US to evade deportation. She said that in Arizona there were around 15,000 migrants from Michoacán who “lived difficult times” when US police began to enforce the law. She continued, “But as I said before, they will continue to have problems because the police of that country are famous for violating the laws and the human rights of immigrants and there are many proofs of that.”



Further proof?

Texas, US – Federal agents carried out a raid that led them to discover 39 presumed undocumenteds in a house in the city of Laredo, on the border with Mexico. The agents detained 24 men, 10 women and 5 minors, according to Nina Pruneda, spokesperson for the Immigration and Customs agency. Among those arrested were people from Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and India.


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  2. Dave Says:

    US irresponsible for arms sales: Calderón is a liar

    In 2007-2008, according to ATF Special Agent William Newell, Mexico submitted 11,000 guns to the ATF for tracing. Close to 6,000 were successfully traced — and of those, 90 percent — 5,114 to be exact, according to testimony in Congress by William Hoover — were found to have come from the U.S.

    But in those same two years, according to the Mexican government, 29,000 guns were recovered at crime scenes.

    In other words, 68 percent of the guns that were recovered were never submitted for tracing. And when you weed out the roughly 6,000 guns that could not be traced from the remaining 32 percent, it means 83 percent of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico could not be traced to the U.S.

    So, if not from the U.S., where do they come from? There are a variety of sources:

    — The Black Market. Mexico is a virtual arms bazaar, with fragmentation grenades from South Korea, AK-47s from China, and shoulder-fired rocket launchers from Spain, Israel and former Soviet bloc manufacturers.

    — Russian crime organizations. Interpol says Russian Mafia groups such as Poldolskaya and Moscow-based Solntsevskaya are actively trafficking drugs and arms in Mexico.

    – South America. During the late 1990s, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) established a clandestine arms smuggling and drug trafficking partnership with the Tijuana cartel, according to the Federal Research Division report from the Library of Congress.

    — Asia. According to a 2006 Amnesty International Report, China has provided arms to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Chinese assault weapons and Korean explosives have been recovered in Mexico.

    — The Mexican Army. More than 150,000 soldiers deserted in the last six years, according to Mexican Congressman Robert Badillo. Many took their weapons with them, including the standard issue M-16 assault rifle made in Belgium.

    — Guatemala. U.S. intelligence agencies say traffickers move immigrants, stolen cars, guns and drugs, including most of America’s cocaine, along the porous Mexican-Guatemalan border. On March 27, La Hora, a Guatemalan newspaper, reported that police seized 500 grenades and a load of AK-47s on the border. Police say the cache was transported by a Mexican drug cartel operating out of Ixcan, a border town.

    ‘These Don’t Come From El Paso’

    Ed Head, a firearms instructor in Arizona who spent 24 years with the U.S. Border Patrol, recently displayed an array of weapons considered “assault rifles” that are similar to those recovered in Mexico, but are unavailable for sale in the U.S.

    “These kinds of guns — the auto versions of these guns — they are not coming from El Paso,” he said. “They are coming from other sources. They are brought in from Guatemala. They are brought in from places like China. They are being diverted from the military. But you don’t get these guns from the U.S.”

    Some guns, he said, “are legitimately shipped to the government of Mexico, by Colt, for example, in the United States. They are approved by the U.S. government for use by the Mexican military service. The guns end up in Mexico that way — the fully auto versions — they are not smuggled in across the river.”

    Many of the fully automatic weapons that have been seized in Mexico cannot be found in the U.S., but they are not uncommon in the Third World.

    The Mexican government said it has seized 2,239 grenades in the last two years — but those grenades and the rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) are unavailable in U.S. gun shops. The ones used in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey in October and a TV station in January were made in South Korea. Almost 70 similar grenades were seized in February in the bottom of a truck entering Mexico from Guatemala.

    “Most of these weapons are being smuggled from Central American countries or by sea, eluding U.S. and Mexican monitors who are focused on the smuggling of semi-automatic and conventional weapons purchased from dealers in the U.S. border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

    Boatloads of Weapons

    So why would the Mexican drug cartels, which last year grossed between $17 billion and $38 billion, bother buying single-shot rifles, and force thousands of unknown “straw” buyers in the U.S. through a government background check, when they can buy boatloads of fully automatic M-16s and assault rifles from China, Israel or South Africa?

    Alberto Islas, a security consultant who advises the Mexican government, says the drug cartels are using the Guatemalan border to move black market weapons. Some are left over from the Central American wars the United States helped fight; others, like the grenades and launchers, are South Korean, Israeli and Spanish. Some were legally supplied to the Mexican government; others were sold by corrupt military officers or officials.

    The exaggeration of United States “responsibility” for the lawlessness in Mexico extends even beyond the “90-percent” falsehood — and some Second Amendment activists believe it’s designed to promote more restrictive gun-control laws in the U.S.

    In a remarkable claim, Auturo Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., said Mexico seizes 2,000 guns a day from the United States — 730,000 a year. That’s a far cry from the official statistic from the Mexican attorney general’s office, which says Mexico seized 29,000 weapons in all of 2007 and 2008.

    Chris Cox, spokesman for the National Rifle Association, blames the media and anti-gun politicians in the U.S. for misrepresenting where Mexican weapons come from.

    “Reporter after politician after news anchor just disregards the truth on this,” Cox said. “The numbers are intentionally used to weaken the Second Amendment.”

    “The predominant source of guns in Mexico is Central and South America. You also have Russian, Chinese and Israeli guns. It’s estimated that over 100,000 soldiers deserted the army to work for the drug cartels, and that ignores all the police. How many of them took their weapons with them?”

    But Tom Diaz, senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center, called the “90 percent” issue a red herring and said that it should not detract from the effort to stop gun trafficking into Mexico.

    “Let’s do what we can with what we know,” he said. “We know that one hell of a lot of firearms come from the United States because our gun market is wide open.”

    • norm9do Says:

      Of course Calderon and his hacks are lying about the amount of weapons seized that came from the U.S. He wouldn’t dare to challenge China or other countries with the same accusations of supplying arms to the drug cartels.
      As Dave correctly pointed out, why would the drug cartels settle for semi automatic weapons from the U.S. when select fire weapons are readily available from other countries other than the U.S.and also granades and RPG’s which neither are avail;able in America to it’s citizens?
      Calderon has just barely held his own on the drug wars in his own country, he is very close to utter failure….I wonder aloud what actual percentage of his country is actually under stable government control???

  3. Wayne Says:

    She explained that, rather than returning home to Michoacan, the migrants made use of family ties and moved to other cities in the US to evade deportation.

    Proof that we need laws like Arizona’s in other U.S. cities and states.

    The agents detained 24 men, 10 women and 5 minors, according to Nina Pruneda, spokesperson for the Immigration and Customs agency. Among those arrested were people from Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and India.

    And 10 women were pregnant with anchor babies?

    US irresponsible for arms sales: Calderón

    As if Calderon doesn’t have a big enough doorstep to sweep.

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