Mexico’s Premier Blasts US After Casino Massacre

MSNBC, August 26, 2011

President Felipe Calderon declared three days of mourning on Friday and demanded a crackdown on drugs in the United States after armed men torched a casino in northern Mexico, killing at least 52 people.

Survivors from Thursday’s attack said armed men burst into the Casino Royale and threatened gamblers before dousing gasoline on the carpets and setting it on fire.

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Under intense pressure as violence soars, Calderon said he would send more federal security forces to the city of Monterrey, where gunmen set fire to the upmarket casino in one of the worst attacks of Mexico’s drugs war.

“It’s clear that we are not confronting common criminals, we are confronting true terrorists,” Calderon said in a televised speech after meeting his security advisers.

He said Congress needs to take steps to curb an “insatiable” demand for drugs and crack down on the illegal trafficking of weapons across the border into Mexico.

“We’re neighbors, we’re allies, we’re friends, but you are also responsible,” a somber and angry Calderon said

It is assumed the attack was carried out by the Zetas cartel, who allegedly set fire to the casino because the owners had not paid some $10,000 a week the organization had demanded, government officials told Excelsior.

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Monterrey, which lies about 140 miles from the Texas border, is a relatively wealthy city of about 4 million people and is home to some of Mexico’s biggest companies. It was for many years seen as a model of economic development but it has been ravaged by the drugs war over the past two years.

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With shouts and profanities, the attackers told the customers and employees to get out. But many terrified customers and employees fled further inside the building, where they died trapped amid the flames and thick smoke that soon billowed out of the building.

Monterrey Mayor Fernando Larrazabal said many of the bodies were found inside the casino’s bathrooms, where employees and customers had locked themselves to escape the gunmen.

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It was the second time in three months that the Casino Royale was targeted. Gunmen struck it and three other casinos on May 25, when the gunmen sprayed the Casino Royale with bullets, but no was reported injured in that attack.

Last month, gunmen killed 20 people at a bar in Monterrey. The attackers sprayed the bar with rounds from assault rifles, and police later found bags of drugs at the bar.

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  • Riley DeWiley

    Obviously the “drug war” is not about drugs anymore, it’s about protection. I never thought there were enough drug users in the US to support private armies big enough to threaten the government of Mexico. The “drug” gangs are running protection rackets and collecting “taxes” and are on their way to becoming a government in their own right. They already control half of the cops in Mexico.

  • Peejay in Frisco

    The war on drugs in the U.S. is causing US more total misery and hardship than it is causing THEM (Me-hico). And it is partially propping up their shaky and fragile economy by sending so much moolah to them. So Mr Calderon, be careful about what you wish for. If it came true, you would regret it.

  • Chicagoan

    Even in the days of prohibition, with various gangs including the Capone mob, things were never so vicious. The St Valentines Day massacre is still talked about today as being one of the most brazen crimes ever.

    Compare that with what’s been happening in Mexico, one ghastly event after another. It’s a whole different planet there. Then Calderon has the nerve to try to blame others for what his countrymen have been doing. The government itself is to blame as it has been scandalously corrupt for generations and has no moral capital whatsoever. How can it ask others to follow the rules of law when it itself has been notorious for it’s crookedness?

  • Question Diversity

    He said Congress needs to take steps to curb an “insatiable” demand for drugs and crack down on the illegal trafficking of weapons across the border into Mexico.

    1. Almost all of those drugs are already illegal

    2. That’s a two way street, a good way to cure “our” “insatiable” appetite for those drugs is to keep Mexican traffickers out of the United States

    3. To stop the weapons trafficking, prosecute Bush 43 for starting, and impeach Obama for ratcheting up, Operation Fast and Furious.

    Might I add, all these problems Calderon whines about are pretty much cured with a border wall plus the 101st Airborne fortifying it.

  • Anonymous

    Wonder if this will get congress going into an investigation of the ATF and DEA’s selling guns to mexican criminals.

    I understand that most of the weapons used by the drug cartels are from the Mexican military, not American gun shops.

  • Tim in Indiana

    There has never been a massacre of this nature in the United states. In Mexico, it seems to be an everyday occurrence. What kind of barbarians live there anyway? Don’t answer that. I already know.

    And then this Calderon has the unmitigated GALL to blame this on the United States? And what percentage of the drug dealers and users in this country are of Mexican descent, Mr. Calderon? I suspect its a very high percentage. Should we ship all our drug dealers and users back to mexico, Mr. Calderon?

    And as for those who say that legalizing drugs would solve the problem, I’m afraid that they also don’t understand that the problem is all about race. How much of a problem did we have with drug gangs in 1950 when the country was mostly white (and before the liberal madness took over)?

  • ice

    “He said Congress needs to take steps to curb an “insatiable” demand for drugs and crack down on the illegal trafficking of weapons across the border into Mexico.”

    First of all, blaming drug users for creating criminal activity in his country is like blaming a Porshe owner for having a high-valued asset instead of the car jacker who carjacks his vehicle.

    And secondly, the dirth of weapons in Mexico right now come from illegal arms dealers who sell them throughout Central and South America and also black marketeers from the old Iron Curtain countries, as well as from criminals within their own military, and NOT FROM THE US.

    The cartels have mostly FULLY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. The US doesn’t sell fully automatic weapons across the counter.

  • Patrick

    Am I the only one that is going to bring up the fact that pouring gasoline on a casino and setting it on fire has nothing to do with gun trafficking from the USA? Or are Americans now to blame for arson in Mexico?

  • Mark

    The Mexican Gov’t and Mexicans have no problem with an Open Border as long as it’s going Northward. When drug money and its residual effects go South back to Mexico, it is the US’s problem.

    Hypocrites to say the least…..but of course they’re Mexicans.

  • flyingtiger

    I have to agree with the Mexican President on this, The USA is to blame. To help him we must build the wall, deport all Mexicans, legal and illegal and stop all money transfers to Mexico. That will stop the gangs.

  • Anonymous

    Calderon is blaming us as a smoke screen so that this country will step in to take care of the violence in his country that he is too inept to handle. But he sure reacts quickly to file briefs in our court system to demand that the borders be kept open when some states try to control the illegals. Calderon is losing the battle against the criminal elements in his country because of corruption at every level. When the whites become the minority in this country, life will longer be easy and safe. In the meanwhile, to decrease the white population more, this country is sending it healthiest to be killed and maimed in useless wars.

  • Franz

    The Mexicans – as they themselves are never shy to point out – are the descendants of proud Aztec warriors. Among their many sacrificial customs was burning to death their prisoners, tearing the still-beating heart out of them as a sacrifice to Ahuitzotl or skinning other still twitching victims.

    I am shocked, shocked to see their descendants burning alive casino visitors. Equally shocked to see that modern gangs like the Zetas have taken to skinning their victims. I’m not sure if the tear-the-heart-out tradition has already been revived, but I guess that won’t be long now.

    Nature 1, Nurture 0.

    There is nothing wrong with Mexican society. There is nothing pathological about any of this. It is simply a regression to the mean. Aztec genes reasserting themselves. Let them. It’s their country after all.

    The people of the USA are faced with a simple decision: Do they want further immigration of Aztecs and all which that entails? Or is a white, Christian society actually more desirable?

    Re-instituting the latter would require appearing heartless, bigoted and uncool. Not to mention whites being forced to pick their own lettuce, which obviously is a bummer.

  • Michael C. Scott

    How on earth do US drug users bear any responsibility for someone torching a casino? This was a straightforeward extortion attempt that had nothing whatsoever to do with narcotics trafficking; the fact that the criminals ALSO smuggle drugs is completely irrelevant!

    As I wrote earlier this week, Mexico’s criminal gangs are not simply drug-smugglers; they are branching out into other criminal activities, and even a hypothetical complete evaporation of the US demand for recreational drugs will not end these other sorts of crimes.

  • Jesse

    “He said Congress needs to take steps to curb an “insatiable” demand for drugs and crack down on the illegal trafficking of weapons across the border into Mexico.”

    OK, sounds like a good deal.

    The demand for drugs is hard to curb, but cracking down on illegal trafficking of weapons and drugs, into or out of USA from Mexico, is a more feasible target.

    That means control of the US-Mexico border, and cracking down on trafficking also means cracking down on illegal immigration.

    But I bet El Presidente Calderon is gonna whine even more, if that little extra is thrown into the deal.

    But you can’t have it both ways, either control of the borders and what passes over them, or no control.

    Selective control, stopping some illegal things but not others, would not be tolerated, even if it is what the Presidents of both countries would really want.

  • RegvlvsSeradly

    1- “I never thought there were enough drug users in the US to support private armies big enough to threaten the government of Mexico. ”

    Absolutely correct. Somebody should remind Mr. Calderon that with a quarter of his population in our country, demand to the north necessarily has gone up.

    Really though, demand for drugs is no higher in the USA than anywhere else.

    The real reason behind the problems in Mexico is a refusal of the Mexican ruling-class to fund even basic infrastructure in that country on their own. Mexico is one of the richest countries in the world, but what is done with that wealth?

  • Anonymous

    Even when foreigners are committing crimes in their own countries, somehow the US (and Whitey) are to blame. Mr. Calderon, here’s a thought for you: Get your head out of your behind, stand up and do something about the crime in your own country–which is incidentally being committed by your own citizens–and stop interfering in US policy. Oh, and while you’re at it, take a couple dozen million (24M) of your countrymen back with you…

  • Anonymous

    1 — Riley DeWiley wrote at 6:18 PM on August 26:

    Obviously the “drug war” is not about drugs anymore, it’s about protection. I never thought there were enough drug users in the US to support private armies big enough to threaten the government of Mexico.

    _______________________________________________________________

    THERE NEVER HAS BEEN A “GOVERNMENT” in mexico. ( I will not capitalize that placename).

    Never. The “regimes” in Mexico have always been rotten to the core, and always bent on plunder and murder. I have done original research on Mexico as a graduate student. I’ve read thousands of original documents on the subject. It’s breathtakingly criminal. Mestizos are a different breed: they will imitate the European ways for show, but they are jungle dwellers at heart.

    Calderon is on the take. His breaking of wind through his mouth about blaming the USA, etc…all a dog and pony show. He is on the payroll. All big Mexican windbags, movers and shakers are on the payroll. The society, bottom to top is so inherently lacking in moral fiber, that everyone knows it’s all corruption, and yet no lie, however big , is really questioned. So Calderon’s bluster is all part of that stupid show, for stupid people.

    Don’t buy it.

  • Trickster Mage

    I actually agree with the Mexican in a sense. 50,000 drug murders and no American social worker of politician has said one word about it. Not a word. I guess asking people to refrain from smoking a doobie would be too much. Sometimes the sacrifice is too much!

  • Arizona is the Future

    I teach college composition in Tucson, AZ. The sheriff (Dupnik) in this county (Pima) is the one creampuff among the many stalwart old-school sheriffs (like Maricopa’s Joe Arpaio) in Arizona. The sheriff in our county (Dupnik) is OWNED by the Mexican drug cartels. He tells us the border situation is fine. He is an invertebrate sycophant, and he and his deputies never lift a finger, ever, against an illegal alien.

    Last semester, a student in my class wished to write about “drugs” for a research paper. I told her the topic was broad; please narrow the focus of the thesis. She narrowed it down to drugs in Arizona, then meth in Arizona, and–finally–meth abuse in Maricopa county and Child Abuse. She discovered that 80% of Child Abuse cases in Maricopa County, Arizona involved meth abuse.

    I just read a few weeks ago that the La Familia drug cartel was popped here in the U.S.–2,000 Mexican invaders were caught … here on our blessed U.S. soil–along with huge caches of heroin, meth, and cocaine, and marijuana. I learned that these people are the leading supplier of meth and heroin in our state.

    Calderon has a gripe with the U.S.? I have a gripe with him (who, let us not forget, came to our Congress with our impostor-president and demeaned our Great Nation in our Great Congress.)

    In order to protect our countless men, women, and children in the U.S. who suffer because of CALDERON’S POISON, I say, BUILD THE WALL TODAY. If you can’t get the drugs into our nation, Presidente Dirtbag, then you should have no more problems, and I am sure that your nation will soon be sending men to the moon and accomplishing other such America-like endeavors.

    Moreover, Obama and Napolitano are ultimately responsible for all of that stuff reaching our children and brothers and sisters. It is they who have repeatedly told us that our nation and border is secure. Office of Homeland Security Director? Ha ha ha!

    To the top brass in our military who are the True Americans, you took an oath to fight all enemies–foreign and domestic. Is Obama not a DOMESTIC threat to this nation’s security? You trust Napolitano with our security? I pray and long for the day of Obama’s impeachment, arrest, and imprisonment.

    BTW–Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona will “at the request of Tea Party members in Arizona investigate the validity of Barack Obama’s purported long-form birth certificate in a determination of the president’s eligibility for the county’s 2012 election ballot.”

    Go, Joe!

  • Question Diversity

    18 Arizona is the Future:

    You wrote about meth.

    A lot of sheriffs and police chiefs in my neck of the woods (St. Louis and Eastern Missouri) want to make pseudo ephederine cold pills prescription only. They already moved them behind the counter, got monthly sales limits, and computerized logging, and that has virtually ended the trailer park meth cooking industry. Yet there are still meth addicts around here getting their fix.

    Answer? Mexico.

    Yet, not one of these sheriffs or cops will say word one about immigration or border security.

    As JewAmongYou pointed out a few days ago, Oregon is a prescription state for cold pills:

    http://goo.gl/jD1dH

    I’m wondering if all these big mouth cops who want cold pills to be prescription only are getting under the table bribes from the health care industry. After all, those laws make getting a box of pseudoephedrine go from a few dollar purchase at a drug store within a few minutes to being a long drawn out visit to the doctor, pay your co-pay, get a script, then get the actual medicine (which will cost a lot more). People will spend a fair amount of money to make a lot of money.

    Too, a St. Louis based firm as invented a process to make cold pills impossible to convert into ingredients for the meth making process. Even when given that news, the same big mouth cops still want cold pills (even those new ones) to be prescription only. The FBI should be looking into those cops’ campaign funds and perhaps their personal finances. There’s money changing hands, I bet.

  • Anonymous

    My great aunt married a White Mexican in the 1960’s. They were actors and dancers. They went back and forth from Mexico to Los Angeles depending on where the jobs were.

    She said that even back in 1961 Mexicans blamed every problem on America. Earthquakes were caused because America was supposedly doing underground?? nuclear testing that caused earthquakes only in Mexico, not over the border in America.

    Too much rain, floods, drought, flat tires every problem was blamed on Americans.

  • Anonymous

    “I teach college composition in Tucson, AZ. The sheriff (Dupnik) in this county (Pima) is the one creampuff among the many stalwart old-school sheriffs (like Maricopa’s Joe Arpaio) in Arizona.”

    Maricopa county community colleges licensed vocational nursing school has an excellent LVN school website. I learned more from that website than from all my classes and textbooks in LVN school. Maricopa must be a great place what with Sheriff Joe and what seems a great community college.

    Now if I could only afford the air conditioning and staying inside from first of May to middle of October.

  • Anonymous

    serach “operation gunrunner/fast and furious” to see how the obama administration has armed the drug cartels in a subversive attempt at destroying gun rights in the US. next, search “iraqis arrested in el cajon, ca” to see how drugrunners in the US are getting grenades from the mexican military. now, search “hezbollah in mexico” to scare the hell outta yourself. obama nad calderon need to close the border…. now.

  • David in Indiana

    The US, that creature made by Anglos, is not to be paying attention to this person. The Zetas, MS-13, Surenos, Beltran Levya cartel, etc, all own that corrupt, violent, and dangerous southern country of ours. If we do not wake up to this existential threat of the cartels, immigration, and PC madness, we will be a multihued, tribalistic, and corrupt land itself that our enemies foreign and domestic would love so much.

  • Anonymous

    It is obvious to anyone who has ever watched even a crime movie that the Casino owners failed to pay off the extortion payments.

    Could be that Mexican businesses have gotten together and refused to make extortion payments. Could be that Mexican businesses are hiring their own security forces. I don’t mean watchmen but hard core mercenary combat vets to hunt down and kill the extortionists. The Mexican police and government are totally useless so why not hire mercenaries to hunt down and kill the extortionists.

    This arson and murder was done to show Mexican business people what will happen to them if they try to defend themselves.

    Old Chinese saying The easiest way for a poor man to become a rich man is to join the police.

  • Anonymous

    In his typical fashion, Calderon’s rhetoric is the epitome of the blame game. Although there is demand for drugs here, that doesn’t make us responsible any more than a drug dealer here in the U.S. can blame his crimes on his customers. This is just more groveling at the trough by the Mexican government, trying to get the U.S. taxpayer to subsidize Mexico in yet another way due to their own historic and chronic mismanagement. Truly disgusting…it’s the only thing we can count on from the “ally” to our south, to throw their hands up in the air in times of self-made crisis and point the finger at us in a pathetic attempt to weedle more money out of our spineless leadership.

  • Michael C. Scott

    As Question Diversity alluded to, most of the methamphetamines sold in the US comes from Mexico; it is not trailer park bathtub-crank.

    My understanding is that it has been some years since the big store chains like Wal Mart imposed limits on sales of sudafed and lithium batteries (lithium is used as a reducing agent). Additionally, the preferred solvent for the reaction, anhydrous ammonia (which will dissolve both the sudafed and the lithium but is inert as far as the reaction is concerned) has never been all that easy to get at. The way we do laboratory reactions of this sort in industry (using sodium instead of lithium, as it is a better reducing agent) was to bleed a stream of pure gaseous ammonia through a bit of glassware called a “cold finger”, which had a reservoir filled with dry ice and methanol. The ammonia is easily condensed into a liquid at this temperature, and drains into a roundbottom flask to be used as the reaction solvent; the sodium and the organic compound to be reduced are then added. I know of nobody that sells tanks of compressed ammonia gas over the counter. In fact, the major chemical companies like Aldrich will not even send their catalogs to anywhere but a business or university address, in spite of the fact that these catalogs themselves make good reference manuals for undergrads.

    Another way to carry out this sort of reduction is to use mercury metal to dissolve the reducing agent – which goes slowly because the alkalai metals like sodium or lithium are so light that all they really want to do is float on top of the mercury. One dissolves the organic compound to be reduced in a solvent like tetrahydrofuran and pours the mixture onto the mercury alkalai amalgam. Then one stirs the reaction mixture for an insanely long time, because the result is a two-phase reaction: the reactants are only in contact with each other on the surface of the phase boundry between the mercury amalgam and the organic solution. As one might expect, nothing happens quickly under these conditions.

    I simply do not believe that an average methamphetamines user has the brains, chemistry training or access to materials to correctly pull this sort of work off and produce dealer quantities of high-grade meth on a regular basis. Maybe it was doable for some of the brighter ones ten years ago, but the stores have cracked down, and the chemical industry has always been eager to police itself, lest government step in and do it for them.