From this morning's El Paso Times comes the latest total death figures from last month in the ongoing drug war in Juarez. Dada wishes to congratulate all sides in this seemingly endless battle. Of course, none of this would be possible without the most important of all behind-the-scene contributors -- American dopers!
As reported by the Times, a total of 248 Juarez murders (8 per day!) in July has established a new record for violent deaths in that city. This despite Mexican army troop and federal police buildups.
But 248 deaths in one month does more than set a record, it shows the tremendous progress being made in the drug war that during all of 2007 generated a mere 300 total deaths in El Paso's sister city! And it establishes a mark that Dada is sure will endure for, oh, er, at least the next 31 days!
Today's Juarez figures for July come on the heels of the number of deaths being reported that were suffered by the American military in Afghanistan during July. As one mother who lost her only son there on the 22nd of July said (wishing to retain anonymity while choking back tears), "It's good to receive the July death figures for Juarez. It makes me feel somewhat better about my lost son, about Afghanistan. We only lost 43 brave American soldiers there in an oil war last month. Imagine how much worse it could have been if we were fighting a drug war in Mexico!"