Tijuana drug war is over
October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment
voice of san diego excerpt
Across Mexico, the human toll of the drug wars over the past few years is thought to be nearing 30,000. In Tijuana alone, almost 500 people were killed in just the last three months of 2008, many of them strung up in public as a warning to others. The killings haven’t stopped. But their numbers have dropped and, as journalist William Finnegan writes in this week’s New Yorker magazine, “the great Tijuana drug war” seems to be over. … What’s changed in Tijuana and makes it unusual in Mexican cities, particularly among border cities, is that public security has improved over the past couple of years. The city was caught in a full-fledged gang war in 2007 and 2008, a level of danger that was really off the charts with whole restaurants being taken hostage. That’s no longer true. It’s considered the rare success story in the general context of rising drug violence.… Despite all the violence in Mexico, border cities like San Diego and El Paso have low crime rates. It’s pretty striking, especially because of all the noise you hear in politics about the violent crime associated with illegal immigration and so on. But that isn’t to say that Mexican mafias with extensive drug trafficking operations in the United States aren’t in a very rough business, and there’s not plenty of violence associated with that business.