Mexico & US need to fight cartels together
Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border was written in blood.
In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. They had lived there for years, as part of an enclave of Mormons.
Three women and six children are known to have been killed in the attacks, which occurred on the same day. Among the dead were two 8-month-old twins. One survivor, a 4-year-old boy, was shot in the back.
Then, on Dec. 1, Mexican security forces engaged in a pitched battle against drug cartel terrorists in the town of Village Union, near the border with Texas. Fourteen of the thugs were killed. Four police officers perished. Two civilians who had been abducted by the terrorists were murdered.
It all started when a convoy of trucks carrying armed men rolled into Villa Union. The trucks bore the initials CDN, the Spanish abbreviation for the Cartel of the Northeast drug gang.
Gunmen attacked Villa Union’s town hall, riddling it with bullets before security forces turned back the attack. At last report, Mexican authorities were attempting to chase down cartel survivors.
After the Americans were slaughtered in November, it was suggested President Donald Trump should offer the Mexican government assistance in stamping out the cartels.
Mexican officials — and citizens — often are sensitive to such offers. Their feeling is that accepting U.S. aid is an admission that Mexico cannot handle its own affairs.
That is not the case in this instance. Trump should renew his offer of assistance, in whatever form Mexico City believes might be helpful. Aid would be a simple matter of neighbors helping neighbors in a struggle against pure evil.