The Mexican Cartel has been around for a few decades. It has always stirred violence and fear within the Mexican nation among its people. President Trump has labeled this drug group as “terrorists,” and that is precisely what they are by definition. They have struck fear into the hearts of people, and the most recent attack happened Saturday. A battle took place between the drug lords and the police, where 19 people were counted dead by Sunday. The Mexican Army and security guards also assisted in the gunfight. Once again, the entire country is living in fear as the security of the nation is crumbling.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was under a mass amount of pressure as President Trump announced the Mexican cartels as “foreign terrorist organizations.” The announcement came a few weeks after the attack on the family killed as they were headed back home. It was a horrendous attack that shook up the entire world as the women and children were killed. President Trump offered to assist in any way to rid the nation of these hate-filled people and bring them to justice.
Sunday at a rally, the Mexican president stated he was not looking to return to the “war on drugs,” which the Mexican Army battled against for so many years. He said, “We will never repeat this absurd and deranged strategy, we will not risk the lives or prestige of the armed forces, nor use them for inhumane actions that violate human rights.”
President López Obrador completed his first full year as the Mexican President and is failing to realize by his statement, he is not doing justice to his people. President Trump is correct, the cartel is a “terrorist organization,” and they need to be irradicated.
The Saturday attack happened in Villa Union and is only forty miles south of the Texas border. This is too close to home, and Mexico’s top cartels are springing into action more violence than before. The cartels are split between the Gulf and Zetas and are continuously fighting each other within the regions. According to the news reports, there were around 14 armored trucks with the cartel logo. Gunmen opened fire in front of the town hall of Villa Union. No one was spared from the noise of the shots fired, and the townspeople rushed inside their homes to escape the gunfire, which local reporters say lasted almost an hour and a half.
Mexican soldiers, security guards, and the police were at the scene and clearing the area. Once everything was assessed, the final number of the death toll was 21. Four State Police officers and two innocent bystanders were taken and killed. There were 13 alleged cartel members also found dead at the scene. The remaining died on Sunday.
According to the Mexican president’s statement at his rally, it is apparent the government does not want to get involved with the cartels or disturb their organization. Once President Trump made the announcement of calling the drug groups out, all hell broke loose in Mexico. The entire country is afraid to move forward and fear a unilateral American action would take place and hurt the tourism and investment of the nation. Not much thought has been given to this government. They would rather stay in their cartel, fearing state of mind. This week Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will meet with US Attorney General William Barr to touch base on the designation.
The Mexican cartel is a ruthless group who stops at nothing to get what they want. In October, they literally took over the city of Culiacan and demanded the release of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s son, Ovidio Guzman. The authorities had no choice but to release him. A few weeks later, the LeBaron family was slaughtered by bullets and arson. Arrests were made Sunday for those killings. Now, within two months, the recent shootings happened in Villa Union. It is not just a battle, it is a warzone, and the Mexican President feels like doing nothing will solve the problem.
The US is backing the Mexican government on the destruction of the central cartels. Still, small groups are arising amidst the ashes causing all of the terror. The Mexican President is being criticized for not doing his part. It took President Trump to put stipulations on Mexico when it came to stopping illegals from crossing the border. Maybe, it is time for more requirements to get this Mexican leftist leader to do his job.