During its nearly four-year crackdown on major drug trafficking organizations, the Mexican government has repeated the mantra that most of the nearly 30,000 people killed have some association with the illicit trade.
But in the span of a week, a devastating wave of attacks has killed dozens of civilians, rattled a public not easily shocked anymore and forced the government to concede that innocents are being swept up in the violence.
First, we were told to ignore Mexican drug violence, because it was simply criminals killing each other.
Now, it's involving civilians on an unprecedented level.
Soon, the Mexican military will be fully involved in a civil war with narcoterrorists, and the violence will spill over the Mexican border into American territory.
The failure of the U.S. government to secure and seal our southern land border with Mexico is inexcusable.