On the advice of Army officers, some places have begun digging moats to cut off entry into the villages. They leave one road in and out, but unfortunately, one road is enough if the druggers arrive in carloads and overwhelm the pitifully armed citizens:
“Terrified villagers - at the urging of army officers who couldn’t be there around the clock - have clawed moats across every access road but one into their communities, hoping to repel the raids.
This was a means of preservation,” said Ruben Solis, 47, a farmers’ leader in Cuauhtemoc, a collection of adobe and concrete houses called home by 3,700 people. “It’s better to struggle this way than to face the consequences.”
But shortly after midnight last Sunday, villagers said, as many as 15 SUVs loaded with pistoleros attacked nearby San Angel, population 250, and kidnapped five people. Four victims were returned unharmed a few days later. The fifth hostage, a teenage boy, was held to exchange for the intended target the raiders missed, villagers said.
“We have support of the federal forces,” said an official of the dirt-street village. “Security is what we’re lacking.”
After the earthworks were dug in both villages, volunteers manned checkpoints at the remaining open entrances. Those sentinels, however, were removed when it was decided they couldn’t stop a serious attack, anyhow.
“We aren’t able to confront this sort of thing,” Solis said. “We have a few shotguns, some .22 rifles, a few pistols - nothing compared to what they have.”
There is a huge question here, neither addressed nor answered in the story:
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why are the villagers left unarmed by the Mexican government? It would be easy enough to pass out sufficient fire-power to the officials of small towns, to deputize them as militia so they can defend their families. This isn’t rocket science, just common sense.
So what stops the Mexican government from adequately arming its people?
I think they’re afraid of a popular uprising were they to pass out arms and ammunition to the besieged Mexican citizens. Better that their people should perish at the hands of criminals than take a chance on giving average Mexicans a fighting chance to stand up for themselves. The risk to the oligarchs is simply too high.
Thus has Mexico been dragged back to the Middle Ages, with moats and little protection from the government against the brigands. One can only hope they will figure out on their own that the cost of arming themselves via the black market - which is awash in guns - is a small price to pay for liberty.
Yeah, easy for me to say. I’m not on the front lines, risking my life against the Army and the criminals. But I believe it is better to die on my feet while taking aim at the enemy than to be kidnapped and murdered on my knees.
I hope the Mexican towns figure out how to mine those roads leading into their villages. At this point, what have they to lose?
Mexico: welcome to the 12th century.