cases go to trial and convictions are scarce. Too, a lack of transparency on the part of police and prosecutors about the status of pending cases and investigations certainly undermines confidence.
This is certainly not good news for the
immediate future for Mexico’s fight against
transnational organized criminals, and smaller home-based gang confederates and hatchet men, regardless of whether they are drug affiliated or not. If they are not being arrested, not tried in courts of law or incarcerated, they remain fluid and deadly enemies against the state. In this scenario, a military would need to continue to sustain the fight for an indeterminate time.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s recent arrest was
widely celebrated by the world media. Some Mexican citizens actually could not believe that
Guzman, seen as a “shrewd and elusive businessman” by some, was caught. Others
expressed opinions to leave the drug traffickers alone. Sadly, few reported the suspected
numbers of deaths and carnage Guzman’s reign
is responsible for.
As well, the media and pundits were quick to speculate who may maneuver to take control, and what areas of Mexico the criminal organizations would fight for. However, the victims in Mexico remain silent on the posturing, simply asking for justice and an official and reliable accounting of their losses. Justice and the rule of law to prevail require a skilled policing and investigative infrastructure with competent professional leadership and oversight. Mexico has lacked this necessity for decades. Since the late 1980s it is believed that more than 500 women had been murdered in the state of Chihuahua. Many simply disappeared. The
creation of a Special Prosecutor’s Office in
1998, to investigate the murders of women in Juarez and the State of Chihuahua, failed to achieve the expectations for much needed