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Bloviating Zeppelin: Chihuahua, Mexico: Deadlier Than Afghanistan

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chihuahua, Mexico: Deadlier Than Afghanistan

[I was going to ease off the politics for today, but the information now revealed won't wait. -BZ]

According to, the Mexican border state of Chihuahua was deadlier, in 2011, than the conflict in Afghanistan:

( – Organized crime-related deaths in one Mexican border state during the first nine months of 2011 exceed the number of Afghan civilians killed in roughly the same period in all of war-torn Afghanistan.

According to the Mexican government, from January through September 2011 2,276 deaths were recorded in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, which borders Texas and New Mexico.

A Nov. 2011 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report states that over nearly the same period – January through October 2011 – 2,177 civilians were killed in Afghanistan, where a U.S.-led war against the Taliban is underway. It did not provide a breakdown of responsibility for that period, but said that in 2010, 75 percent of civilian deaths were attributed to the Taliban and other “anti-government elements.”

Per capita, a person was at least nine times more likely to be murdered in Chihuahua last year than in Afghanistan. (Chihuahua has 3,406,465 inhabitants, according to Mexico’s 2010 census; the CIA World Factbookreports that in July 2011 the estimated population of Afghanistan was 29,835,392.)

But, of course, we need to ensure that our borders remain porous with our loving neighbors to the south.

And one thing not pointed out: because of the poor economy in the US, border incursions don't exhibit quite the rampant numbers once shown. Still, despite that, Mexico is deadlier than it's ever been. And that violence bleeds over -- literally -- into border states and border towns and border ranches in America.

Can you even fathom being an American rancher on the border? The illegal incursions? The trash? The trespassing? The violation? And the physical threat to you and your family from not just coyotes but drug cartels as well?

Further: could you fathom not just the indignancy, the indifference, but the pointed scapegoating of you and your fellow ranchers by the federal government?

The numbers diminish slightly; the violence and danger increases.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but Napolitano said ... uh, never mind, she lied.

Sat Jan 21, 07:54:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

She did indeed.


Sat Jan 21, 08:27:00 PM PST  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

We are all frogs in a pot of heating water.

Sun Jan 22, 02:42:00 AM PST  
Blogger Old NFO said...

And don't forget the 'military' incursions into Arizona... And the targeting of CBP officers in the field. And yes, she lied and OUR people died!

Sun Jan 22, 04:40:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Nothing more or less than unbridled COMBAT at our borders; as with Terry taking a beanbag shotgun to a combat match with fully automatic weapons.


All I want to know is: for sacrificing our own civil warriors and for pretending the violence doesn't exist, are we at LEAST getting more oil from Mexico at a better price? Of course not. That would be shameless.

Shameless, thy name is Obaka.


Sun Jan 22, 11:40:00 AM PST  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I'm glad that I live as far away from our southern border as I do!

That said, if we don't get this immigration thing under control, the problems will spread nationwide. Evil spreads -- and let's not kid ourselves about just how evil these drug cartels are.

Mon Jan 23, 12:04:00 PM PST  

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