Last week, WaPo ran a story about how the murderous drug cartels in Mexico are now targeting children. As I’ve noted before, the cartels there are particularly brutal–decapitations, genital mutilation, and mass graves have become standard operating procedure–so that they’ve moved on to killing children cannot really be all that surprising:
A Chihuahua state police commander was attacked as she carried her 5-year-old daughter to school two weeks ago. Both died of multiple gunshot wounds.
In February, assassins went hunting for a Ciudad Juarez man, but the intended target wasn’t home, so they killed his three daughters instead, ages 12, 14 and 15
In March, a young woman was bound and gagged, shot and left in a car in Acapulco. Her 4-year-old daughter lay slumped beside her, killed with a single bullet to her chest. She was the fifth child killed in drug violence in the resort city in one bloody week.
Awful, but not surprising.
What was surprising, to me anyway, was the DEA chief’s reaction in the story:
“It may seem contradictory, but the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs,” said Michele Leonhart, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The cartels “are like caged animals, attacking one another,” she added. (emphasis added)
Tens of thousands of drug war murders in the last four years alone is “success” in a Charlie Sheen sort of way: epic denial of cocaine-fueled violence and humiliating failure, egged-on and financed by self-important sadists who watch from afar.