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Dying in Mexico:

Dying in Mexico:

43 dead in hours-long firefight on Mexican ranch:

ECUANDUREO, Mexico – At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory.

All the dead were suspected criminals except for one federal police officer, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. He said the officer died trying to help a colleague wounded in the shootout.

Photographs from the scene showed bodies, some with semi-automatic rifles and others without weapons, lying in fields, near farm equipment and on a blood-stained patio strewn with clothes, mattresses and sleeping bags. Video obtained by The Associated Press showed federal police coming under fire and bodies strewn throughout a ranch.

The lop-sided results were similar to a controversial case last June 30 in which Mexico's army said its troops had engaged in a shootout with alleged criminals in which 22 suspects were killed but only one soldier injured. An investigation by The Associated Press revealed that many of suspects had been killed after they surrendered.

In the nearby town of La Barca, authorities in 2013 found more than five dozen bodies in mass graves linked to the Jalisco cartel. In 2014, gunmen killed the mayor of a nearby town, Tanhuato.

Jalisco New Generation has mounted several large-scale attacks on federal and state forces in recent weeks.

In April, gunmen believed linked to the cartel ambushed a police convoy in Jalisco, killing 15 state officers and wounding five. Earlier this month, New Generation gunmen shot down a military helicopter with a rocket launcher in Jalisco, killing eight aboard.

In just a few years, New Generation has grown from a small faction of the powerful Sinaloa cartel to one of Mexico's strongest criminal groups in its own right, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, whose Office of Foreign Assets Control maintains a "black list" of drug trafficking organizations.

New Generation's quick rise reflects a rapidly changing organized-crime landscape in Mexico as the government targets top leaders of established cartels. More than any other criminal group, New Generation has taken advantage of the government strategy, strengthening and grabbing territory as its rivals are weakened.

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{ I've been to Mexico several times but I don't think I will ever go back. Mexico is on its way to "failed state or narco-state" status. It is beset with a seemingly never ending variety of problems. Tourists and foreigners who live there can't be protected. The police can't protect themselves. Local officials, mayors and government authorities are routinely assassinated. Corruption is so wide spread that it has polluted authority through out the country. People who get in the way of the cartels are found hanging from bridges, beheaded, burned beyond recognition and tortured to death. Live is as cheap in Mexico as any place under the control of Isis or the Taliban.

Much of this can be blamed on America's insatiable desire for illegal drugs and Mexico's geographical position just south of the United States. Billions of American tax dollars have been spent on the continuing "war on drugs" which was lost the day it started and untold thousands of people have died to feed our addictions. The only way out of this for both countries is to legalize drugs in the U.S. It can happen slowly over a decade or so which would allow us to fix inevitable problems along the way. It seems to me legalizing drugs can't be as bad as the status quo. We lost the war so for Pete's sake lets try something else! What do you think?}

"libido sciendi"..... the passion to know.
5/24/2015, 10:28 am Link to this post PM Noserose

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