Hawkish Stances Needed to Fight Crime in Central America
Hawkish Stances Needed to Fight Crime inCentral America
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 07:49
Part of Central America's failures in preparedness and vigilance stems from a lack of trust in government enforcement measures, both police and military. There is quite ahistory of past abuses and a thought process that any armed force was dangerous toliberty in general. The issue begs the question as to how will these countries providesafety and security for the people?
By Jerry Brewer
The Mexican drug cartels' armed challenges and reign have been and are vicious fights with ever-increasing volatility and escalating death rates. With numbers showing over50,000 killed in this quagmire of reaction versus action, the displacement of thenarcoterrorists was inevitable against Mexico's strong arm of military armed force andUS assistance and support.Collateral damage is now a key area of focus as Mexico's large broom-like sweep forceseven more multifaceted challenges to a seriously bruised and battered northern cone of Central America and points further south.Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are being hit hard by the expansion of transnational criminal organizations (TCO) into their regions in an attempt to find andhold more permissive operating environments. These northern triangle nations areexperiencing murder rates "two to four times higher than Mexico," with UN statistics asa guide, identifying Honduras as "the most violent country on earth."How did such short range vision and wide spread criminal impunity allow violent crimeto flourish and organize into virtual mobile paramilitary-style armies of assassins?The failure to forecast and act against impending threat and country vulnerability has been an intense failure by government and homeland intelligence services. Proactiveand tactical engagement and containment was thus immediately lost by enforcement