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Helen asks…

What do U think More than 200 U.S. citizens killed in Mexico since ’04?

A 22-year-old man from Houston and his 16-year-old friend are hauled out of a minivan in Mexico, shot execution style by thugs in a black Lincoln Continental, and left dead in the dirt.

The body of a 65-year-old nurse from Brownsville is found floating in the Rio Grande after a visit to a Mexican beauty salon.

An American retiree, an ex-Marine, is stabbed to death as he camps on a Baja beach with his dog.

More than 200 U.S. citizens have been slain in Mexico’s escalating wave of violence since 2004 — an average of nearly one killing a week, according to a Houston Chronicle investigation into the deaths.

Rarely are the killers captured.

The U.S. State Department tracks most American homicides abroad, but the department releases minimal statistics and doesn’t include victims’ names or details about the deaths. The Chronicle examined hundreds of records to document the personal tragedies behind them.

“I’m no longer the same person,” said Paula Valdez, a Houston mother whose son was slain near her childhood home in Mexico’s Guerrero state in 2004.

More U.S. citizens suffered unnatural deaths in Mexico than in any other foreign country — excluding military killed in combat zones — from 2004 to 2007, State Department statistics show.

Most died in the recent outbreaks of violence in border cities — Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez and Nuevo Laredo.

Although, historically, even Mexico’s most violent urban centers had homicide rates below those of major U.S. cities, recent attacks and border violence driven by drug demand have escalated well beyond limited narco-executions.

Juarez last year ranked among the world’s most murderous cities.

The Chronicle analysis showed some American homicide victims were involved in organized crime. The dead include at least two dozen victims labeled hitmen, drug dealers, human smugglers or gang members, based on published investigators’ accusations. Others were drug users or wanted for crimes in the United States.

But in at least 70 other cases, U.S. citizens appear to have been killed while in Mexico for innocent reasons: visiting family, taking a vacation, or simply living or working there.

Locations and intentions
In an interview with the Chronicle, Mexican Congressman Juan Francisco Rivera Bedoya of Nuevo Leon, a former prosecutor who heads the national Public Safety Commission, said he believes most American victims get killed after crossing the border to participate in illegal activities or venturing into unsafe areas.

“Tourists visiting cathedrals, museums and other cultural centers are not at risk,” he said.

Across Mexico, more than 5,000 lives were taken last year, including police, public officials, journalists and bystanders, with seemingly little regard for age, social status or nationality, Mexican authorities report.

Mutilated bodies have been draped on highway overpasses or posed in schoolyards and public squares. Authorities have uncovered mass graves known as narcofosas and body disposal sites, where killers dissolved corpses in barrels of chemicals.

At least 40 Americans were among those killed and dumped in gruesome methods favored by cartel killers, the Chronicle found. Two Texan teens were victims of an American serial killer in Nuevo Laredo, who bragged to a friend in a recorded cell phone call that he stewed their remains in vats.

Recent border victims include at least 15 U.S.-born children and teenagers.

In 2008, Austin Kane Danielsen, an 18-year-old Kansan visiting Mexico for the first time, was attacked, beaten and kicked after leaving a disco in Matamoros. His attackers used a pickup to drag his brutalized body 30 yards and dumped it next to a railroad track.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/side2/6252174.html

Tijuana answers:

And this is the kind of system Obama stood by and in opposition to his own state of Arizona..to his shame..the PERV.

Mary asks…

Mexico U.S. relations…?

My family and I are going to Baja for a week and I was wondering if the Drug cartels are still at an unstable state. I recall hearing horrible kidnapping stories and that sort of thing. Now I’m a fairly big guy and can defend my self. Now, what I’m wondering, as a US citizen, am I allowed to carry a firearm, and are things really that sketchy still?

Tijuana answers:

There is an average of 10,000 deads per year in Mexico related to the war against drug cartels, but the USA has the same average of gun related murders every year also. New Orleans, Detroit, Memphis, Stockton, has in average more crimes than most of the cities of Mexico,but we have also cities above those averages, even Tijuana has a lower crime rate than those US cities.

Most of the war between cartels never target Tourist, but there has been some cases.

Do not try to bring ANY gun into Mexico!!!! Is a federal crime over here and is punished with several years in prision, even bullets are illegal.

You can come to the resorts touristic areas are safe enough.

Daniel asks…

Why do first world countries celebrate during the cup and third world countries dream during the tournament?

People historically have come together during international competitions for a variety of reasons, but what has evolved over time are the reasons as to why civilizations across the world gather during these competitions. The olympics trace back to 776 BC in Greece and were used to settle conflicts between Greek Acropolis’ in a peaceful manner. As time passed, the Romans under pressure of a growing public unrest and high rates of crimes and civil disobedience were forced to find a solution that would appease the public and calm civil disorder. The answer–sports, and so they built the Roman coliseum and presented the gladiator games. The gladiator games entertained the public, lowered crime, and distracted the public from committing acts of civil disorder. So what does that have to do with today?

On June 27th, Mexicans all gathered around their TV sets to watch the World Cup game between Spain vs. Germany. If you notice something about first world countries, most gather with friends and/or family to watch the games and use the world cup games as a means to socialize. Whether you are in the U.S., England,Germany, Netherlands, and the list goes on, most people in first world countries gather in bars or at home with friends and family to establish a sort of camaraderie and to socialize among themselves. This camaraderie and socialization is caused by one’s nationalist sentiment. But the need among third world countries for these events represent something different. Take for example in Mexico, yes we all gather together in our pride and nationalist sentiment for our country, but the day Mexico faced France something magical happened in Mexico. After Mexico stunned France 2-0, reports of violent crime across Mexico fell to it’s lowest level in over 20 years. People all across the nation were so distracted by the victory of Mexico over France that most forgot about the turmoils of reality and chose to unite in celebration. Even in cities such as Tijuana and Juarez, people ran out onto the streets to celebrate and not a single gunshot was heard, not a single gun battle between drug traffickers and military police occurred, and the fewest calls of crime occurred. Moral of the story is that in Mexico the world cup is needed because it gives us one day, just one day, to distract ourselves from the turmoils of reality whether it be poverty, drug trafficking, abductions, and etc. For third world countries and Mexico in particular, the world cup gives people, including crime syndicates, a chance to set down everything and unite together as one people hoping for better days and distracting itself from the present to unite in hope for a better future. Through the victory of the seleccion Mexicana that day against France, all Mexicans united to vicariously live on through El Tri and hope that their victory would be symbolic of a better future ahead for Mexico, not just on the field of a stadium, but on the streets of Mexico as well. My hope is that one day this dream comes into fruition.
Don’t read the whole thing. Just read the second paragraph.

Tijuana answers:

It is a short term solution. The long term solution is to stop the flow of assault weapons from north of the border.

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