If you are unaware of the story of the day, here’s a synopsis from the editors of the Wall Street Journal:
The slaughter Monday of three Mormon women and six children, all American citizens who were longtime residents of Mexico, brings home a cruel reality of America’s neighbor to the south. Drug gangs control huge swathes of the country, and the government in Mexico City is too often overwhelmed by the criminal firepower and money.
The women and children were attacked by gunmen as they traveled in SUVs in the northern state of Sonora in broad daylight. Mexican officials said Tuesday that it could have been a case of mistaken identity. But according to survivors who hid in a nearby woods, one of the women was shot outside her vehicle with her hands up. It seems more likely that the murders were a warning from drug cartels to everyone in the region, and especially to Mexican officials, that the gangs are in charge.
and here’s their recommendation:
But if Mexico can’t control its territory, the U.S. will have to do more to protect Americans in both countries from the cartels. The Drug Enforcement Administration should be able to find out the identities and locations of those who ordered or carried out Monday’s murders, and ensuring their demise would be a signal that U.S. justice has a long reach. A U.S. military operation can’t be ruled out.
What do you think should be done in response to these murders?
- Warn Americans living or travelling in Mexico that it’s a dangerous place and they’re on their own. Otherwise nothing.
- Keep doing what we’re doing now—provide the Mexican government with intelligence, cooperation, and support as requested. Otherwise nothing
- Warn the Mexican government that, unless they apprehend those responsible, we will suspend intelligence, cooperation, etc. Otherwise nothing.
- Arrest or eliminate those responsible via covert action
- Deploy the U. S. military to create a cordon sanitaire from the U. S. border to 150 miles to its south.
- Put the entirety of Mexico under U. S. military occupation
- Other (specify)