The 43 Mexican students who disappeared in southern Mexico in September were abducted by police on order of a local mayor, and are believed to have been turned over to a gang that killed them and burned their bodies before throwing some remains in a river, the nation’s attorney general said Friday.
That’s quite a mouthful right there.
This is the conclusion that investigators have reached, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said, though he cautioned that it cannot be known with certainty until DNA tests confirm the identities.
This will be a challenge, he said, as the badly burned fragments make it difficult to extract DNA.
“I have to identify, to do everything in my power, to identify, to know if these were the students,” Murillo said.
You may wonder why there would be any doubt. Is Mexico so riddled with dead bodies that they can’t tell their atrocities apart?
Yes. It is:
The initial shock of the police rampage that day had barely set in when the attorney general for the state of Guerrero, Iñaky Blanco Cabrera, announced that over the weekend investigators had exhumed the contents of six mass graves discovered on a densely wooded parcel of land outside of Iguala. The assumption was that the abducted students might be among the cadavers. The initial body count was estimated at 28, but subsequent reports raised the estimate to 34.
Now the Mexican Federal Government has taken note. A cordon of about 200 Mexican Army soldiers, Marines and Federal Police stood guard as the bodies were exhumed from a hilly stretch of nearly inaccessible woodland known as Pueblo Viejo. The bodies had been piled onto dry branches and logs, doused in gasoline, and set afire. DNA testing is underway to identity the cadavers, which at the time of discovery were burned beyond recognition. But four members of a drug cartel known as Guerreros Unidos that operates in Iguala, who are currently in police custody, told investigators that they knew of 17 student activists transported to the killing ground of Pueblo Viejo.
This may have been the fate of some of the students. The rest sleep with the fishes:
The suspects told police they don’t remember exactly how many people they killed, but they were told by their leaders that there were more than 40, Murillo said.
The abducted men were then burned at the dump in a fire that was kept alive for at least 14 hours by adding diesel fuel, tires and debris, the attorney general said.
The next day, the gang members were ordered to further break up the remains and place them in black garbage bags that were tossed into the San Juan River, Murillo said.
Scuba divers searched the river and found pieces of the bags and remains. One bag was found intact, with human remains inside, the attorney general said.
Really, BTL, is this necessary? Must we know the gruesome and ghastly details of a drug cartel mass murder?
Well, I think you do. Otherwise, you’d believe this:
It is wonderful to be back in México — lindo y querido. (Applause.)
And it’s an honor to be back in Mexico City — one of the world’s great cities. Es un placer estar entre amigos. (Applause.)
In modern times, Mexico’s blend of cultures and traditions found its expression in the murals of Rivera and the paintings of Frida, and the poetry of Sor Juana and the essays of Octavio Paz. [And the charred cadavers of students? ed]
Some Americans only see the Mexico that is depicted in sensational headlines of violence and border crossings.
Thus was born my lengthy series of posts under the title Sensation Headline Watch. Some of you may remember them.
My point then and now wasn’t to wallow in the lurid, blood-spattered, fly-swarmed mess that is Mexico in “modern times”. Anyone can see that. My point was—and is—to warn that Obama is so dishonest, so deceiving (not least self deceiving), that he would try to portray the corpse flower that is today’s Mexico as a rose in June. He might even believe it, as he might even believe anything he says (“without a Negro dialect unless he wants to have one” ©Harry Reid).
Mexico may be fighting back against the drug cartels that so brutally rule so much of its territory. It may be punishing the corruption that runs through every level of its government. It may mean well.
But it is still, well, mean. Millions of Mexicans may long for peace and prosperity, may yearn to have the time (and literacy) to read the essays of Octavio Paz. But as long as the government and organized crime are two sides of the same peso, Mexico is a hot zone—one to be avoided and quarantined as Sierra Leone, which it so closely resembles.
PS: That Mexico is not quarantined is made obvious by the reports of cartel activity across the United States.