Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The violence next door down Mejico way

Mexican security forces killed reputed Gulf cartel leader Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, in a spectacular, hours-long gunbattle Friday in the northern border city of Matamoros. . . .

The clashes across the border from Brownsville, Texas, also claimed the lives of three gunmen and two marines, said Alejandro Poire, Calderon's security spokesman. A soldier and a local reporter were also killed, the Mexican Defense Department said in a news release.

Gunfire first broke out about 11 a.m. at an upscale residential area in Matamoros and shootouts ensued throughout the city after that for about eight hours, said a resident who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal.

A video posted on YouTube shows a string of SUVs and pickup trucks racing through a street while continuous shooting is heard in the background. Men wearing ski masks get out of a car and use it to block the street.

The center of downtown Brownsville, Texas is less than 2 and 1/2 miles from the center of downtown Matamoros, Mexico.

There is absolutely no justification for the border between the two being less than 100% secure and sealed.

Unfortunately, by the time the violence does spill on to our side of the border, it will be too late to stop.

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