The War on (Some Classes of People Who Use Some) Drugs continues its roaring success:
Killings linked to Mexico’s drug war have more than doubled this year compared with 2007 and are likely to grow even further before they begin to fall, Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora said Monday.
The prosecutor tied the sharp increase in deaths to a battle for control among cartels and a power vacuum created by a series of high-profile arrests and seizures.
The number of gangland killings reached 5,376 from the beginning of the year until Dec. 2, a 117 percent increase over the 2,477 killings in the same period in 2007, Mr. Medina-Mora said in a luncheon meeting with foreign correspondents.
The bulk of the killings have occurred in the border states of Chihuahua and Baja California, where traffickers have sought to wipe out rivals on the streets of Juárez and Tijuana, and in Sinaloa, where one of the country’s most powerful cartels has its base.
“These criminal organizations don’t have limits,” said Mr. Medina-Mora, who previously served as Mexico’s public safety director and spy chief. “They certainly have an enormous power of intimidation.”
Mission accomplished! In fairness, it must be said that this violence is trivial compared to the turf wars between Busch and Coors…