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November 29, 2011

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Its not just a common war, its a war that has to fight separately, but simultaneously work together to eradicate drugs, guns and violence in both countries.

Definitivamente coincido que esta "guerra" no es solo nuestra (soy mexicana y vivo en México) pero no es tambíen SU guerra unicamente por la inmensa cantidad de inmigrantes que viven en su país, no, esa no es la razón... la razón es el excesivo consumo de estupefacientes que la sociedad de USA requiere y ha requerido por décadas para sus jóvenes, para sus veteranos, para sus enfermos, o sus millonarios... y aún cuando AHORA se diera el milagroso cambio y modificaran el consumo, sería demasiado tarde porque SU trabajo como socios naturales de los narcos ya esta hecho, ya levantaron el Imperio lo suficiente como para que la simple abstinencia lo haga caer.
Agradezco a mi Presidente su trabajo, el enfrentamiento que mantiene en contra de los narcos, pero sé que no basta y quizas no exista solución o quizas tengan que pasar las mismas décadas que implicaron su desarrollo para terminar con ellos.
Y pues no queda mas que aceptar las consecuencias de cada una de nuestras acciones, nosotros los oídos sordos cuando todo esto inició (hace décadas) y ustedes el consumo insaciable. Y a todo esto agreguemos a los Zetas, sanguinarios, violentos, sin escrúpulos ... cada uno tendrá que lidiar con su batalla, en su propia trinchera.

Truly sad stories and they may be just beginning. This is our war too and I would like to offer these two pieces that I think will supplement your article. This first one is a short piece I think you will approve of.
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/11/28/3556326/drug-war-sends-emotionally-troubled.html

This second one is lengthy
http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1083

My significant other, who speaks Spanish and works at the HQ of a major U.S. law enforcement agency in the DC area, had to contend with a distraught cleaning lady whose daughter had been kidnapped and held hostage for ransom while (illegally) transiting from El Salvador to the USA through Mexico. This event went on for some 2-weeks before it was somehow resolved (apparently by the payment of some money). So the daughter was able to continue her illegal entry into the USA. Fortunate to still be alive in my humble opinion.

In Wyoming we have a large mexican population and I have heard horror stories a bunch of times about family members being killed, held hostage, etc.

The only people that would think this isn't our war too are people that are not in law enforcement. I don't say that as being negative, but anybody that's in law enforcement has dealt with this at least once in the last year or so. I, myself, have dealt with it several times in the last 3-4 months. We have a human smuggling unit that's also the felony warrant/fugitive task force and we deal with it several times a month. Without going into great detail just this past week we had a mexican lady come and say her daughter was being held hostage and that she had gotten two phone calls demanding money.

When I become an officer border violence and cartels were not my radar of things that I thought I was going to be dealing with. Even after I joined the HSU/FTF team I didn't think I would deal with it much, but I have been shown the error of my thinking.

I join the conversation rather late, but I think these stories need to be told. I am a US citizen of Mexican descent. Most of my parents' family members still live in Mexico. Last year, my first cousin was kidnapped for ransom in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He was not involved in any shady business- he was a butcher, had his own business and was simply trying to give his family a nice living.
Someone close to him (ID'd by employee who witnessed kidnapping on his way to work) was inlvolved in the kidnapping. I'm not sure how much money the family was able to bring together, but a ransom WAS paid, after which we were told he would be at a shopping center.
He was inside of a car at said shopping center, dead of a gun shot wound to the head. He left 2 young children behind who will only know their father through pictures.
My family is not involved in anything drug-related. The kidnappers saw he was somewhat successful and knew he had family in the US, and that's all they needed. The police never made much progress in the investigation.

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