Sunday, May 23, 2010
Mexico: Highway Robbers and Pirates
The Mexican state continues to deteriorate and gradually turn into a shell, and it seems that with each passing day we can find more signs of this transformation. A couple of recent news items illustrate how this change is proceeding, and it’s not pretty. Organized gangs are now robbing trains and hijacking trucks to get their cargo, often at gunpoint. And as piracy worsens on both the eastern and western sides of Africa, it has made its appearance in Mexico, with armed groups preying on boaters who stray onto the Mexican side of Falcon Lake, on the Texas border. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time until pirates start operating in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Pacific side. As the Mexican state apparatus continues to weaken, it will face growing challenges from drug cartels and other organized crime, and the military — already engaged in a desperate contest with well-armed drug cartels on land — will be unable to fend them off completely.