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were killed last year in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican city across the
border from El Paso, Texas, than were killed in all of Afghanistan.
There were 3,111 civilians murdered in the city of Juarez in 2010
and 2,421 in the entire country of Afghanistan.
On a per capita
basis, a civilian was 30 times more likely to be murdered last year in
Juarez, where there are 1,328,017 inhabitants according to Mexico’s 2010
census, than in Afghanistan, where there are 29,121,286 people according
to the CIA World Factbook.
The number of civilians killed in
Afghanistan was compiled by the Congressional Research Service and
published in a CRS report released on Feb. 3. The number of
civilians killed in Juarez was compiled by Molly Molloy, a research
librarian at New Mexico State University who maintains a count of
murders Juarez and published it on the Frontera List Web site.
Molloy’s work on civilian murders in Juarez was also referenced in a
recent CRS report on Mexican drug cartels.
Much of the violence
in Juárez is sparked by drug trafficking organizations battling over one
of the major smuggling corridors into the United States.
brain-dead head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet
Napolitano, continues her
ridiculous propaganda campaign, saying that US communities along the
US-Mexico border, are safer than most Americans believe, and warned the
cartels, should they decide to move north, they will be met with
overwhelming response. At the University of Texas-El Paso,
Napolitano said that it’s "inaccurate to state, as too many have, that
the border is overrun with violence and out of control."
statement, often made only to score political points, is just plain
Isn't it good to
know that when it comes to homeland security, the most important person
involved is whistling past the graveyard.