Saturday, November 21, 2009
Twenty-five hundred paratroopers have been deployed in Ciudad Juárez, presumably to tamp down violence in the border town. The 7,000 troops sent to Juárez last March (I think) were unsuccessful in lower rates for more than a few weeks, so one wonders what will be different this time around. One also wonders if the government is betting that the problem with the 7,000 from this spring was not the fact that the army was incapable of helping lower the violence, but that there were issues of corruption or incompetence with the group that was sent. One further wonders why the government hasn't offered much explanation on this issue.