News itemMexico enters the terrorism club: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hrQNazRx_G9M889RdiWnchHO4MqQD9385BMO0
      – BorgClown, 2008-09-17 at 03:47:54   (14 comments)

On 2008-09-17 at 03:49:51, BorgClown wrote...
It's the first ever terrorist attack here. Seven people dead, 100+ injured. September 16 is a national party, our own independence day. Damned cowards.
On 2008-09-17 at 11:20:07, Lee J Haywood wrote...
According to the AP article, the attack was just part of the ongoing problems with organised crime. Those pesky drug dealers are way too powerful in Mexico - they're bigger than the police.
On 2008-09-17 at 20:39:58, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: It's the response of the organized crime to the war on drugs. Crime diversification and now attempts at panic. Things are set to become worse now that the crime is being fought on more areas than drug traffic, but if they are left alone now, we could end like Colombia. Time will tell.
On 2008-09-17 at 20:45:55, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's the way that they're just attacking innocent people in public places that's unusual. What do you mean 'like Colombia' - relatively successful in combatting drugs but with militant groups still staying in business?
On 2008-09-17 at 20:53:03, BorgClown wrote...
Hey, Colombia is relatively successful. Did you know that it's illegal there to use a helmet while driving a motorcycle? Too much hit and runs killings. And the militant groups are the same drug dealers, their private army disguised as revolutionaries.
On 2008-09-17 at 20:56:21, Lee J Haywood wrote...
How does it make sense to not wear a helmet?
On 2008-09-17 at 21:09:01, BorgClown wrote...
The modus operandi of mercenaries was shooting someone while wearing the helmet, so no one would recognize the assailant. And the motorcycle provides a swift way of escaping through traffic. At least not wearing a helmet gives other witnesses a chance to look at the face of the criminals.
On 2008-09-17 at 21:10:19, Lee J Haywood wrote...
They'd be better of doing what China did - ban motorbikies. (-: There they had too many muggings done by motorbikes, most of them violent.
On 2008-09-17 at 21:16:16, BorgClown wrote...
That's the advantage of having an emperor, you could ban shoes and get away with it. Most people in China don't have cars but motorcycles, and a bicycle must be a very uncomfortable when carrying heavy loads. And still they ban motorcycles. I wonder if that could work in Colombia giving that people have more cars per-capita.
On 2008-09-17 at 21:35:54, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Well, I don't think it was the whole of China anyway - just certain cities. But it makes more sense than not wearing helmets, I think.
On 2008-09-17 at 21:42:41, BorgClown wrote...
Of course not. How can you underestimate the amusement of being fined for wearing a helmet?
On 2008-12-09 at 14:02:04, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7772771.stm
On 2008-12-10 at 01:10:04, BorgClown wrote...
Ah, the world noticed. 2008 was a horrible year, drug cartels killed each other, including corrupt authorities that protected them. The stupid mid-rank bureaucrats persistently denied reality hoping for it to go away (and dead criminals and corrupt authorities being replaced by different criminals and corrupt authorities). The only serious work to really make a dent in crime is being done in the federal government. I really hope the current war against crime in Mexico to be supported for more than this presidential term, for the first time in many years you can tell criminals are nervous, specially big fishes. Many of them have been apprehended and the USA extradition requests honored, let's hope their influence is less in USA.
On 2008-12-10 at 01:10:59, BorgClown wrote...
So far the killings have slowed down, but it's too early to tell why.