The countless murders, threats, gory videos showing the torture, burning, beheading, and shootings of people that are spread across the internet are all a part of what the Mexican cartels are doing. This is very similar to what they are/have been doing over there in Afghanistan, but over there it’s labeled as terrorism and over in Mexico it is not. If it’s not terrorism then what is it? According to an article by Whitney Eulich of the Christian Science Monitor it’s “variously called a criminal insurgency, narcoterrorism, simply war, and – less frequently – terrorism. Mexicans, in everyday language, call it la inseguridad (insecurity).”
The article states that Hilary Clinton last year proclaimed that Mexican drug cartels and its organizations are turning into an insurgency. “An insurgency, in security parlance, is often thought of as a step beyond terrorism, more of a mass movement of violence and crime.” Both Mexicans and Americans alike were unhappy with this comment, and President Obama declared an apology in regards to what she said. That’s interesting, why did he have to apologize? He didn’t have anything to do with her comment. Everyone knows Obama’s position on the situation, so why does he have to barge up in there? Let Hilary take care of it herself. I’m sure that was embarrassing for her to have Obama apologize when she’s the one making the claim. Plus, she’s a grown experienced politician and woman that can fight her own battles. I understand Obama was trying to “do the right thing,” but I’m sure she knows what she’s doing.
Back in August, Mexican President Calderon said that the casino attack in Monterrey was an act of “terror.” “He tweeted it, his spokesman repeated it, and then in a televised speech, he said it again. It was the first such official use of the term, and there was no domestic political backlash.” Why is it that when a woman says something about a political affair there’s almost always controversy, and then when a man says something, it’s not as frowned upon (obviously depending on the issue). But the media seem to forgive men a lot more. Of course the case could be that Calderon did not receive any backlash because he is the guy running the country that encompasses all this terror. But, it’s still a debatable case.
Apparently, what’s going on in Mexico doesn’t count as terrorism according to Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
He said that “Scholars agree, terrorism has to be political: a fundamental political change sought through violence.”
Many people feel that it’s not important to determine whether there is or there is not terrorism but to focus on what will happen once the actual word is used.
“There are obvious economic impacts associated with the terror label – such as driving tourists away – but more specific dangers exist, say experts.”
Human rights activist Florencia Ruiz Mendoza says “the term would be convenient for both governments in increasing funding to combat cartel violence, but would hurt average Mexican citizens.”
“If the cartels are terrorists that allows the Mexican government to fight back. They might release more troops throughout the country and set up more military checkpoints,” Mendoza says.