Confronting The Face Of Evil In Mexico – WARNING: May be too graphic for some. Reader discretion advised

July 16th, 2011
Published in Family Security Matters, July 14, 2011

WARNING:  What follows may be too graphic for some.  Reader discretion is advised.

Under a hot sun, a lifeless, naked body is carried from a vehicle. Having been tortured, killed and transported to the barren and remote countryside, the victim is placed, face down, on the ground by his killers. A noose is placed around his neck–the other end of the rope tied to a stake in the ground to hold the body steady during the awaiting assault. With a knife, one killer slices into the corpse’s backside, making several parallel cuts as blood oozes from the freshly killed victim. Walking away, they leave the body to be found–but not by humans. Within minutes, the attention to the remains the killers sought to attract is achieved as dozens of large vultures sweep in for a feast. Watching from several hundred feet away, the killers patiently wait as these “flying sharks” indulge in a feeding frenzy, stripping the corpse of all flesh and internal organs–save one. Their stomachs filled, the vultures take to flight, leaving only the victim’s skeleton behind. A killer approaches and picks up the skull. Placing it on a rock, he smashes it with a hammer, dumping its contents onto the ground to provide one last morsel for any still hungry bird. Extracted teeth and bones are then scattered in an effort to make any efforts to identify the body difficult–if any parts ever were to be found.

The photographs of the above are not fiction. They represent life and death in the ongoing drug war in Mexico. Perhaps concerned about messier body disposal techniques used in the past–such as dissolving remains in acid–drug gangs appear to be going “green,” using more natural means.

Since its start in 2006, the drug war has claimed more than 35,000 lives. Many bodies have never been found. One disposal “expert” has admitted to dissolving over 300 remains in acid. Some victims are not always dead. Seeking “signature” execution techniques to instill fear into their rivals, some gangs place live victims into the acid.

In 2010, in Mexico City, the body of a victim, cut into seven pieces, was dumped on the streets. A plastic bag contained a soccer ball–onto which his face had been sewn as a chilling threat to another cartel.

Last month, in broad daylight in Mexico’s third largest city, gunmen stopped their vehicle on a heavily-trafficked bridge. They proceeded to hang three men from the structure–all of whom had been beaten, tortured and shot. One–a teenager–was still alive when rescuers reached him; the other two were not–one corpse having had a foot severed.

The war’s body toll includes thousands of innocent citizens caught up in the violence.    Though most victims are unintended, sometimes they are–the latter occurring in 2009. In a raid by Mexican police and marines, drug trafficker Arturo Beltran Leyva and one marine were killed. Levya’s four surviving brothers sought revenge. Knowing the marine’s funeral would have heavy security, they later targeted his family at home–killing his mother, aunt and two sisters.

These stories of brutality and inhumanity are endless. Yet they must be heard for two important reasons.

First, they are revealing about the drug gangs’ mindset. They tell the story of men walking amongst us devoid of humanity or conscience. Despite a Christian upbringing, they have no respect for life nor are they God-fearing. Their god is greed. It is a god that has caused them to link up with the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah–granted free passage into the region by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. It is a god that determines how they attain their goals of power and wealth–and who gets victimized along the way.

Second, Mexico holds a presidential election next year. Its current president, Felipe Calderon, initiated the war against the cartels after taking office. Tired of seeing their country as a battlefield, a Mexican public believes Calderon’s direct confrontation with the cartels is not working. But no consensus exists on an alternative strategy.

One option voiced involves striking a deal with the cartels. A popular saying among Mexicans, “It is better to reach a bad deal than to have a good fight,” reflects their lack of enthusiasm for confrontation.   But voters hopefully will come to realize a “bad deal” with cartels unrestrained by morality or a fear of God means surrendering to an evil that will forever haunt them.

Documents seized by SEAL Team Six in the Osama bin Laden raid revealed the terrorist leader’s position on declaring jihad in Mexico. He opposed it. One can only surmise this stemmed from his belief the cartels needed no help undermining Mexico’s democracy. Launching jihad ran the risk of unifying the people.

Within a 24-hour period during the second week of July, drug cartels killed more than 40 people. The Mexican people are staring into the face of evil, whether sewn onto a soccer ball or into the heart of their society. Few options exist for dealing with it. But confronting it by fighting the “good fight” is the only one offering hope.

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