In the last month, 150 people have been killed in the Tijuana area in what is assumed to be a war between rival drug cartels. 150 people in one month! The war has been going on since for at least three years, but this is, by far, the bloodiest month.
The Mexican government deployed troops to help with the situation on the 22nd, but the killings don’t appear to have even slowed down. I can’t help but wonder how you can slow them down. I imagine the police department can’t even begin investigating one homicide before there’s another one.
In the article I linked to, one cartel was said to have “800 to 3,000 gunmen at its disposal”. I have no idea how many cartels there are (anyone know?) but even if there is only one other, the number of people involved is simply overwhelming. How can you possibly fight back?
What I’m particularly curious about are the innocent, law-abiding citizens of Tijuana. Do they live their lives in a constant state of fear, or are they just used to it by now?