LA UNIÓN, Mexico — Gunmen believed to be linked to drug traffickers shot a pregnant American consulate worker and her husband to death in the violence-racked border town of Ciudad Juárez over the weekend, leaving their baby wailing in the back seat of their car, the authorities said Sunday. The gunmen also killed the husband of another consular employee and wounded his two young children.
[The shootings] came during a particularly bloody weekend when nearly 50 people were killed nationwide in drug-gang violence, including attacks in Acapulco as American college students began arriving for spring break.
The killings followed threats against American diplomats along the Mexican border and complaints from consulate workers that drug-related violence was growing untenable, American officials said. Even before the shootings, the State Department had quietly made the decision to allow consulate workers to evacuate their families across the border to the United States.
The Aztecas and other gangs have more sophisticated firepower than the Mexican Army does, and President Calderon has not been able to control the situation. Phoenix, Arizona has the 2nd largest number of drug-related kidnappings for ransom in the world - Mexico City is 1st. It's a little sideline business the drug cartels have going.
What happens when La Familia starts shooting city council members in Atlanta, or beheading people in Dallas? Or perhaps a federal courthouse being bombed?
Or do you seriously doubt it will reach that point?