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May 21, 2012


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Hi Sylvia.

I agree, this is weird.

Beheading means "this is my territory". The victim is a competitor and the body set on display for other competitors to take note. Head is included in the display or could be in a different location, always with banners to reinforce the message. They brag about their action, their power.

In this case, heads were not on display, neither the hands, and haven't been found. Whoever performed the killings didn't want the victims to be identified, they were not competitors.

Two days later, Zetas displays banners in multiple states and multiple cities in each. They didn't brag, they distanced themselves from the event. There was a shooting in Nuevo Laredo between gunmen hanging banners and the Army.

Why all this? Because it's a setup. Turn public opinion against Los Zetas, the bad and ugly ones.

I'm not saying Zetas are poor innocent souls. The ones who really did the massacre are as bad as the Zetas and are hiding their actions.

Perhaps El Chapo did it to cause chaos and draw federal resources from his turf to NE Mexico. It would be a brilliant Psyop for the Sinaloa cartel to fight both sides of the battle against the Zetas on thier turf; i.e kill Zetas and then kill innocent people and blame it on the Zetas.

Mexicans: Arm up and defend yourselves. Your government will not save you.

I have been reading on other blogs how the Boca del Rio massacre turned out to be innocents who were used as fodder to send a message. They go on to allege that these 49 as well as the lake Chapala victims were just randomly selected. tben in the interview with El Loco, I think it was him, he admits to random selection by his boss but he is vague about the reason for these random slaugters. These mass murders of innocents do nothing but shock the people and "calentar" the whole country. Why would a cartel want to bring heat on themselves, since they are all potential aggressors in these massacres. Theoy: Could it be the PRI pulling the strings on these recent massacres? Could they be trying to shock the citizens into voting the PAN out by turning up the drug war in an election year? If they do win, then they could turn it least what they've been causing, and then take credit for doing something about the violence.

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