Mexico’s Two Major Crime Cartels Now at War

The two most important criminal organizations in Mexico are engaged in all-out war, and the most spectacular battles are being fought for the cameras as the combatants pursue a strategy of intimidation and propaganda by dumping ever greater numbers of headless bodies in public view, the victims most likely innocent.

No longer limiting themselves to regional skirmishes, the older, established drug-smuggling Sinaloa cartel now is battling the brash, young paramilitary Zetas crime organization across multiple front lines in Mexico in a desperate fight, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials and security analysts on both sides of the border.

The two gangs and their surrogates continue to quietly kill each other, but they also are staging public massacres in order to terrify civilians, cow authorities and taunt outgoing President Felipe Calderón, who has made his U.S.-backed confrontation against the cartels a centerpiece of his administration.

“What was once viewed as extreme is now normal. So these gangs must find new extremes. And the only real limit is their imagination, and you do not want to know what is the limit of psychopaths,” said Alejandro Hope, a security analyst with the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, a nonpartisan think tank.

– Read the entire article at My San Antonio.