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.
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
So there I was sampling the best chocolate I have ever
tasted—and instead of fully enjoying it, I was fuming
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,
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
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.
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
Brimelow cited the
"Mark in Mexico"
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
disaster 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
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.