Will Femicide Stop At The Mexican Border?

I can`t even buy a piece of candy without being reminded
of the filthy,

corrupt Mexican government.

Here`s what happened. A few months ago, on a short trip

Las Vegas,
I was walking along the forum shops at
Caesar`s Palace when I stopped in at the extraordinary

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

I noticed that two of the store`s biggest sellers,

Le Grande Hat Box
and the

Aztec Collection
donated 25% of its profits toward

V-day, the international movement to end violence
against women and girls

When I struck up a conversation with the clerk, she told
me that since Mexico is a

major chocolate producer
, Vosges` owner,

Katrina Markoff
, is particularly concerned about the

violence perpetrated by Mexicans against young women

on the border in

Ciudad Juarez
and in

Chihuahua City

So there I was sampling the best chocolate I have ever
tasted—and instead of fully enjoying it, I was fuming
about Mexico.

When I returned home, I read that Amnesty International
had just revisited Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City to
follow up on its 2003 report,

"Intolerable Deaths
The report chronicled the
grisly, unsolved murders of young women in those two

(Note: While I rarely agree with the AI`s

worldview of most issues
, I always strive to see eye
to eye on some things. AI`s disgust at Mexican
indifference to cold-blooded murder is at least one
subject of mutual agreement. We at VDARE.COM view this
as coalition building.)

According to the original AI report, over the last ten
years in Juarez and Chihuahua at least 370 women were
killed; 137 were sexually assaulted. An additional 70
women are still unaccounted for.

Now, two years later, AI found that despite the claim of

Chihuahua governor Patricio Martinez
that the rapes
and murders had ended during his administration, another
50 women and girls—at a minimum—have been murdered.

The good news, if you can call it that, is that the
Mexican government is now at least

willing to actually investigate the killings

Will wonders never cease?

Wrote Kent Paterson, editor,

Frontera Nortesur

human rights group detected progress on several fronts,
including a willingness on the part of authorities to
actually investigate crimes. In the high-profile murder
of 7-year-old

Airis Estrella Enriquez Pando
in Ciudad Juarez last
May for instance, Chihuahua state law enforcement
officials arrested several suspects. And for the first
time, state and federal law enforcement appear to take
seriously reports of missing women and girls."

International Revisits Mexican Mass Femicide
August 17, 2005).

Paterson notes that

violence against Mexican women
is rampant and
includes allegations of Mexican soldiers gang raping

indigenous women
, domestic violence, suspected narco-executions
and multiple cases of sexual assault.

the AI "progress" review was critical across the
board, Mexican President Vicente Fox`s administration
caught the heaviest fire.

Although Mexican law permits federal intervention in
cases of

"organized crime"

and "social
Fox has steadfastly resisted any
direct involvement.

Fox, apparently hoping that the murders will end and
that the killers will turn themselves in, is content to
assign responsibility to the historically useless
Chihuahua state government.

According to Paterson`s article AI Secretary Irene Khan,
aware that 2006 is a

presidential election year
, met with the leaders of
the major Mexican political parties—PRD, PAN and PRI—and
chastised them for their dismal human rights records.



democratic transition
is at the point of moving to a
new phase with the 2006 elections, but with respect to
human rights—[this] central part of the democratic
aspirations of all Mexicans is absent from the political
agenda, or only is present in words without content.
Political leaders should move from rhetoric to concrete
actions if they hope to see Mexico experiencing a new
era in human rights."

Khan reminded the
leaders that in 2004 AI had sent an eight-point human
rights platform that proposed reforms in dealing with
gender violence and restructuring of law enforcement but
never received a response.

Referring to the border crimes against women that
reflect persistent injustices and inequalities, Kahn
criticized the Mexican political and justice systems for

"…drowning in legalisms
while allowing grave human rights violations to

Coincidentally, while I was researching this column,

John Brimelow
wrote a piece,

"Mexico: Do We Want to Import This?"
, that
summarized all that is wrong with Mexico`s attitude in
the murder cases.

Brimelow cited the

"Mark in Mexico"

blog. "Mark",
an American teacher who lives in Oaxaca, concluded that
Mexicans do not understand

the rule of law,
that corruption is entrenched at
the national, state and municipal level and that the
country is "a basket case."

What most bewilders me, after analyzing the border
murders, the AI report,
"Mark in Mexico,"
the Allan Wall archive
, Brenda Walker`s
Immigration`s Human Cost website
and all the other
tens of thousands of words written by my VDARE.COM
colleagues: why is the Bush administration so
willfully blind to the

that is Mexico?

Even more confusing: why Bush actively embraces
everything about Mexico, despite overwhelming evidence
that the country is rudderless and in complete chaos.

How can Bush, a graduate of

Yale and Harvard
and a man

smart enough
to get elected twice as

Governor of Texas
and twice as president of the
United States, make the statement—repeated multiple
times during his five years in the White House—that

"family values don`t stop at the Rio Grande
"? (Reply: but the U.S. does!) 

Why should the U.S. bail out Mexico? In the words of
another Brimelow—Peter—let
them work out their own problems.

Thankfully, my questions about Bush didn`t pop into
my mind when I was devouring truffles in Las Vegas.

If they had, I might have choked.

Because Bush seems entirely content to let the

worst of Mexico
get a firm foothold in what was once
the best country in the world.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.