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The killings don't stop in Ciudad Juarez

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Drug-related violence continues to consume Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico, just across the border from El Paso. Last Thursday's toll of 25 killed over a three-hour period rattled a city that is already accustomed to numerous deaths a day.

It was the highest single-day toll recorded in the border city since the violence erupted there more than two years ago. Victims in Thursday's shootings range in age from 15 to 67. They were mostly ambushed inside their homes, reports the El Paso Times.

Ciudad Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said the killings were believed to be acts of retaliation by the Juarez cartel for an alleged kidnapping of a child by the rival Sinaloa cartel. What's not clear is what all those victims had to do with the alleged kidnapping.

The El Paso Times article gives details on some of the crime scenes and names the victims, the kind of information that becomes rarer each day in Mexican news reports on the country's violence. In Juarez, mounting death figures have become mostly anonymous numbers for the city of 1.3 million. According to librarian Molly Molloy, who keeps a running tally of drug-related violence in the city, five people were killed Friday, five more were killed Saturday, 14 were killed Sunday, and eight were killed Monday.

See this profile on Molloy's work in the Wall Street Journal. Molloy's tallies rely heavily on the reporting by the Juarez newspaper El Diario. Here's its local news section, which carries daily detailed reports on the killings. Slayings are so common in the city now that in August the paper felt compelled to report that a period of 26 hours had passed without a death (link in Spanish).

The Juarez and Sinaloa cartels have been fighting an all-out war over the lucrative Juarez-El Paso border-trafficking route that has claimed more than 6,500 lives since January 2008. By one tally, reported in the Journal, more people were killed in Juarez in 2009 -- 2,633 -- than in eight major U.S. cities combined.

This afternoon, El Diario reports, three Juarez women were ambushed in a home and shot to death (link in Spanish). A baby girl was found inside the home, unharmed.

When, and how, will it end?

-- Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City

Photo: File photo of women at a crime scene in Ciudad Juarez. Credit: El Diario

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I still remember when my wife and I used to go on dates to Juarez and have a great time with 10 dollars, now we cant even visit our family back there! Too sad!!

The drug use of milions of our fellow Americans is what funds and helps create the drug war amongst the cartels in Mexico. Some people say the solution is to legalize all drugs, but if you've seen how many drug users have had their brains fried, maybe you wouldn't be so eager to see drugs legalized.

Kanank, like most of us have conveniently forgotten that all the people who have lost their lives in Ciudad Juarez and hundreds of other towns whose name aren't as easily recognized are all part of the illegal drug supply chain flowing into and directly consumed by United States citizens. Instead of feeling sorry for the people of Ciudad Juarez I feel sorry for us.

Ten years ago, Portugal had some 100,000 heroin addicts -- about 1 percent of its entire population. HIV infections from injecting drugs were among the highest in Europe.

Now the addict count has been cut nearly in half. HIV infections from drug use have fallen more than 90 percent. And the policy shift responsible for such a dramatic improvement in Portuguese life is something U.S. lawmakers -- watching an escalating drug war on their southern border -- might consider worthy of some attention: decriminalization.

Ten years ago this summer, Portugal became the first country in Europe to decriminalize all illegal drugs -- marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and even heroin
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C.J. needs another top cop like Julian Leyzaola from TJ.

President Calderon believes in his heart that the more dead people, the better and the more successful his war on drugs.
President Obama and the Federals believe that we need more prisons everywhere and the more people we warehouse in prisons the more successful he is as a President, to the rest of us the war on drugs is a war on the innocent law abiding citizens, to our government we should not worry about all this violence directly related to the war on drugs, and open borders is not a problem at all.

Our govenment would love to take all our guns away so that we could be sitting targets in the same manner.

And this culture of crime has been allowed unchecked to infiltrate north.

What happened to protecting us from all threats foreign and domestic?

Just words.

The war will end in Mexico when the U.S. can control its insatiable appetite for drugs.

The family culture. If McCain and Harry Reid have their way, third world here we come.

"Juarez and Sinaloa cartels have been fighting an all-out war over the lucrative Juarez-El Paso border-trafficking route"

So seal the border & solve the problem.

No wait, that's too easy, instead the Fed's sue AZ sheriff Arpaio for trying to stop this mess.

Yeah, the Fed's & the TSA are great at airports, but they forgot the 1000 mile hole in our southern border!!! Traitors.

And the hits just keep on coming!!!

Why don't we provide these cartels with some nuclear material so that they kill each other in massive numbers and all our problems will be solved.

Just awful and sad. Its hard to imagine how scary it is to live there everyday


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