The leader of La Familia Michoacana drug cartel known by the name of Jesus “El Chango” Mendez was captured and arrested back in June. When he was arrested, he told authorities that the cartel was about collapse and disintegrate any day now. When reading that, in the commencement of the article titled “Arrested Kingpin says Mexican Cartel Nearing Extinction,” I couldn’t believe what he said. My first thoughts were along the lines of: Either he wants to play with the minds of the police to convince them that they can calm down and relax on their searches/investigations, or he has had a change of heart and he actually wants the collapse of the cartel, so that at least a small percentage of violence may cease to exist, OR maybe he really is just telling the truth and admitting defeat. I say this because when police captured him he did not use any form of resistance, which might mean he was just ready to give it up anyways, and when it was time for him to get caught…he would let himself be caught.
Yet this might make a little more sense since Mendez founded the gang back in ’06, and its basis of foundation “is known for its pseudo-religious ideology and for portraying itself as the defender of the state’s residents.” So it seems as if these guys initially had somewhat good intentions, however a gang is a gang, mostly known as a negative connotation, and the detainee was “responsible for murders, kidnappings, extortion (and) corruption…Mendez also staged attacks on officials and citizens.” So even though this may have started out as a religious ideology to defend the state’s people, it doesn’t mean it would be in favor of the people, this is a Hitler repeat; and it served favors for the members of the gang/cartel themselves.
Something I found interesting was Mendez said the cartel would recruit kids who didn’t use drugs and were following a good path, committing no crime. He still used his religious ideal background to encourage the people that were about to join the gang to “work honestly.” He said “There’s a lot of good work, as long as you put your heart into it. It’s not true you can only get ahead (through crime); there are tons of ways to get ahead by working.” I don’t see how you can work honestly if what you’re doing is still assisting in crime, even if you’re not the one committing the actual crime. It’s like second hand smoke. If someone is smoking marijuana and you claim that you “don’t smoke,” by being there with them you are still able to get high without officially partaking of the substance. So instead of sticking around and participating but not directly participating in the act, you should just leave the room. Same with these kids joining the gang. If you’re already on a good path, don’t mess up your life but joining a drug cartel that has a reputation for killing innocent people, dealing drugs, and wasting their life away, that’s just stupid. All that mess for some coke? Really?
And that’s just the Mexicans we are talking about. The article continues to explain that the same cartel had expanded itself to make larger networks for crystal meth to be available “due to strong demand in the United States.” Why does that not surprise me? There are even more idiots in the U.S. doing the same thing as what I explained in my second hand smoke analogy. They’re indirectly killing innocent people by participating in an act that’s not first hand witnessing the murdering of people.
Another witness to the fact that Mexico and the United States are to be equally blamed for the harm being done all over Mexico.
The article ends with devastating statistic, but however devastating it is, it is just as equally realistic; and hopefully a slap in the face to wake us up to the reality of this situation, that’s not getting any better. “A total of 15,270 people were killed in drug-related violence in Mexico last year, and nearly 40,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006, deploying thousands of army troops and Federal Police officers to drug-war hotspots.” Let’s go Mexico, stop joining gangs and continue on that good path you had started on. Come on America, stop doing drugs, you’ll save your own life, and thousands of others.
Article Source: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/06/24/arrested-kingpin-says-mexican-cartel-nearing-extinction/?intcmp=obinsite#ixzz1Zohy6eHS