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November 12, 2010


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I'm a little offended you called the EZLN a violent group. Since their uprising they have followed all international laws and treaties regarding war and human rights. This has been well documented and observed by several Mexican NGOs as well as observers from the United Nations International Human Rights Commission. Furthermore, in these investigations it was only found that the Mexican government itself was guilty of human rights violations. So pressing were these issues, and strong the case of the EZLN, that the UN eventually adopted the declaration of the rights of indigenous peoples; which many say were inspired by several demands of the EZLN and the San Andres Peace Accords.
I hope comparing them to the EPR, the FARC, and the Shining Path was just a simple mistake of over simplifying the matter of PR.

I have no idea if La Familia is serious ... but I actually think Calderon should take them up on their offer - assuming it's genuine. What does he have to lose by doing this???

The main problem is that it's far from clear that Federal forces could ever really guarantee the security of normal people living in Michoacan. If they couldn't do it before, why should they be any more capable now?


@D - You're absolutely apologies. They did start out in a violent matter, but that approach for them fizzled out relatively quickly. My acronyms got away from me on that one...

I definitely think Pablo Escobar in Colombia was a monster but he was known to have built housing, soccer fields, etc. for peasants and so had a bit of a cultivated Robin Hood image as well. I don't know about Mexico.

The violence on display is horrific. It would seem though some of what is done by some groups though would have to be in response to acts by other gangs and cartels.

I pity too, that just like in the Mafia, I believe I read excerpts of a book called "The Ice Man", you may have some psychotic individuals running about in these cartels as well.

New witness:

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