Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pushed back against criticism that his government is going soft on the cartel when he confirmed his position during his daily media briefing saying that violence was not the answer to the growing deaths at the hands of cartels.
“It was lamentable, painful because children died, but do we want to resolve the problem the same way (as previous administrations)? By declaring war?” Lopez Obrador asked according to Fox News. “That, in the case of our country, showed that it does not work. That was a failure. It caused more violence.”
“We are carrying out a different policy because the policy that was applied during 36 years was a resounding failure and it caused a lot of damage, a lot of sadness, a lot of deaths, a lot of losses for Mexicans,” he added. “We will not continue with the same and we will show that our proposal works, despite it not being easy. We are confident that we will achieve good results.”
The widely-read El Universal publication, however, ran an editorial which stated that the daylight attack between Chihuahua and Sonora “confirms that the (government’s) security strategy requires an urgent revision to correct the errors or to adopt a new direction.”
“Almost nothing has changed in respect to what has happened in the last decades in the country,” it said according to Fox News. “Minatitlan, Coatzacoalcos, Uruapan, Aguililla, Teopchica, Culiacan, Bavispe … all of the places are references to the bloody incidents registered this year.”
“Conciliatory messages and calls to criminals do not seem to be enough; because of the events, it should be noted that they do not seem to fear the force of the State. Exploring other options sounds obligatory.”
Additionally, according to Arizona’s Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, Mexican drug cartels should be viewed like middle eastern terrorists in terms of the violence that they are willing to commit against Americans.
Dannels appeared on Tuesday’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and spoke to the issue of nine Americans who were ambushed and killed by the drug cartels, saying that it has been troubling for the community they called home.
“Think about what ISIS does and think about what the cartels do. They terrorize,” Dannels said according to Fox News. “They kill both their own citizens — they kill Americans, as demonstrated last night.”
“We know one thing for sure, the cartels are behind it,” he said.
Dannels also drew a parallel between ISIS’s famed history of beheading its captives, saying that the cartel has a habit of treating their victims in the same type of way.
“It’s time we step up and list them as terrorists,” Dannels said of the drug cartels.
“Back in June, we had double-digit homicides by the cartels in the same areas,” he added. “It’s a sad day in our international community down here.”
Dannels county of Cochise sits on Arizona’s border with Agua Prieta, Mexico and encompasses the Tuscon area. That county is only a handful of miles north of where the nine Americans were brutally murdered by the cartel.
Written by Savannah Pointer.