It’s no secret that Mexico is engaged in a war against drug cartels. In the past year, there have been a growing number of deaths related to this war. In January of 2009 over 1,000 deaths were attributed to this war, over 60% more than all war-related casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq combined (with approximately 600 war related-deaths in January).
I can’t remember a trip we’ve made recently to Querétaro along the main north-south corridor from Mexico City to Texas where we haven’t noted a large convoy of troop carriers, loaded with armed soldiers, and heading north to the battle zones. Like in Iraq and Afghanistan, it seems to be a guerrilla war and enemy positions and personnel are not easily recognized.
We have never felt unsafe here in this region but apparently the war is capable of expanding. The following article claims that the Pentagon thinks the drug cartels have enlisted 100,000 soldiers to fight against 130,000 Mexican government soldiers. This obviously doesn’t sound good.
Pray for Mexico and for peace. The years of corruption and the drug trade and trafficking are proving once again that sin brings horrible consequences and that we reap what we sow. What will be fought with guns and grenades can only be won with prayer and redemption through Jesus Christ. The real battle is in the heart of man.