The outstanding publication Business Insider just published a series of remarkable photos depicting the growing civilian militia in Mexico, fighting against the Cartels to restore peace and order in various communities. The task ahead of these civilians is monumental, but I think they are motivated by a thought: “If not now, when…if not them, who”? As you will see, these vigilantes (as they are called by the Mexican authorities) are not a sophisticated professionally trained or equipped force. But they are determined, and already have made an impact in several regions. This civilian militias, already has made numerous arrests – of police officers who worked with the cartels! Already they have engaged in gun battles to take back houses, streets, neighborhoods, and small communities. The war for law and order is far from over, in fact, it is just beginning for these civilians. While they have been engaged for close to a year now, the obstacles are many and the challenges are large and foreboding. But they soldier on. Not only are they having to contend with cartels which are heavily financed, sophisticatedly equipped, and well-connected politically and through police contacts these civilian soldiers are also having to stand-up to their own government who does not sanction their actions at all.
We are fortunate that Business Insider traveled to and spent time with these civilian soldiers, and was afforded the opportunity to capture the faces of those engaged in the struggle to develop normalcy throughout Mexico.
Please click-on to Intense Photos Of Mexican Vigilantes Battling A Drug Cartel For City Control below. The Border Wars along the southern Border of the United States is NOT a police or law enforcement action; it is clearly a war, and America has not secured her border which has had, and will continue to have, negative consequences on multiple levels. The Cartels have employed heavy weaponry like .50cal machine guns, IEDs, grenades, reinforced vehicles, various automatic rifles and significant storage of ammunition. These factors along with sophisticated communications like encrypted satellite phones, look-out posts, night vision goggles, even small drones represents a considerable aggressive foe.
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