New tactic for "narcoterrorists" in Juarez, MX: car bombs

Police in Juarez, Mexico were killed this week by a car bomb rigged up with an improvised explosive device. More video and photos in this Spanish language report. Decapitation, torture, disappearance, and executions are nothing new in Mexico's drug war, but this is. Said a source in this Al Jazeera item, "This has raised the bar to a level of violence that Mexico has not seen yet. It is reminiscent of Colombia ... What we're seeing now is what the military is running into in Iraq and Afghanistan." (thanks, Jorge Spinosa)


  1. @1 Patrick Dodds

    Yes, because legalizing drugs will magically solve all of Mexico’s structural and enforcement problems. It will in no way lead the cartels to pursue other lines of business, and they will cease all criminal activity posthaste.

    For what it’s worth, I support legalizing marijuana, but I’m tired of hearing people promote legalization as The One True Solution to border violence. If you want to get high legally just say so, no need to pretend that the real reason is to save the world.

    1. The repeal of alcohol prohibition in the US eliminated the illegal alcohol trade overnight so yes, you are completely wrong.

  2. Legalization is not on the table at all– this event is good for the police as it makes it a trivial matter to justify a tripling of their current budget.

    Drugs fund the state.

  3. The USA is not feeling the pain, so USA laws inflicting this pain on Mexico will not change.

    And multi-billion-dollar drug cartels may be hyper-violent, but they aren’t stupid.

  4. So sad, I was born in Juarez Mexico. The majority of my mothers family still lives there. Was such a beautiful place to go have dinner and drinks.

  5. I think the drug users and the drug warriors of America can pat themselves on the back here for a job well done.

  6. What’s unfortunate is how much the Yucatan’s tourism industry is suffering because of this. It is 1000+ miles away from the areas being devastated by the drug violence. But to many, Mexico is Mexico. But to avoid the Yucatan because of this would be as silly as avoiding Vermont because of massive riots in LA.

  7. How much of this new violence graphs back to the crackdown on the chemical precursors to meth like bulk ephedrine, anhydrous ammonia, and iodine crystals in the USA?
    Lets be realistic, why should the US change its laws when the only people dying in Mexico are a bunch of brown folks?
    Maybe if we can get big-pharma to lobby for free Adderal for all we can bypass the whole meth wars mess.

  8. Slightly off topic, but I regard the use of the term ‘narco-terrorism’ a clear example of semantic extremism.

  9. Civilized society: good. Lawless barbarism: bad.

    The cause of the drug trade is people who are willing to break the law. Without these, it cannot exist.

    Legalization in the USA is a stoner’s fantasy.

    1. The cause of the drug trade is people’s widespread desire to get high [fixed it for you].
      The cause of the escalating violence here is the misguided attempt to outlaw a trade that won’t ever disappear.
      If you think otherwise, inform us all how many thousands of people were butchered every year by these cartels BEFORE the US started its war on drugs? That is, assuming any of the cartels existed back then.

    2. The end of prohibition was a lush’s fantasy… didn’t stop it coming true, despite the pooled efforts of organized moralists and organized crime.

  10. It is time Mexico put Juarez under martial law and started removing population from certain parts of it. It is a failed city.

  11. I was surprised to see this was the first car bomb for the Mexican drug lords. Maybe they finally got around to watching Touch Of Evil, Orson Welles’ 1958 masterpiece. (Warning: It’s generally regarded as the last true Film Noir, and is definitely worth watching, but you will have to get past the casting of Charlton Heston as the Mexican police official.)

  12. selling guns, or civilians buying,carrying or trading weapons in Mexico is a criminal offense.

    Drug cartels are attacking Mexican police with guns are warfare bought in the USA.

    somebody in the States is making a lot of money selling these weapons.

    Americans still need their fixes. So Mexico’s war on drugs is also yours, guys!

    I don’t know if legalize is the solution, but BOTH countries are to blame and that’s the honest truth.


    1. It works both ways though, in Mexico due to firearm prohibition and drug legalization people smoke pot but don’t bother with wimpy illegal handguns or semi-auto rifles, you can get real illegal machine-guns like AK-47’s and M-16’s in Mexico.

      Prohibition is a boon to anarchy, in the US kids can get pot and acid in high school hallways but they need to wait til they are 21 to get an easy six pack of beer.

  13. The NRA and it’s cronies should be overjoyed, this is their fantasy city come to life. Everyone can get high powered guns and this is the kind of world you get.

    1. @Anon #20

      No, the “NRA and its cronies” are not overjoyed one bit about this. There may be some light schadenfreude, for it is well known that Mexican law enforcement finding even one lone .22 cartridge that rolled under your carseat after a trip to the range stateside can lead to serious prison time, but that is where it ends.

      This is nothing short of a brutal insurgency with extrajudicial torture and execution used by the belligerents (Mexican LEOs and Cartels) on each other and innocents.

  14. I’m pretty sure car bombs were around before the current Iraq/Afghan wars.

    Don’t think the US plans to invade Mexico for being a hotbed of terrorism either. Funny that.

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