BREITBART — The New York Times (NYT) decided to write about violence in Mexico. But, the publication chose to ignore the thousands of victims who have been kidnapped, raped, tortured, decapitated, dismembered, eaten, incinerated, or worse at the hands of cartel gunmen. The atrocity being reported by the American news outlet is that the Mexican military kills too many cartel gunmen and they are rough with the ones that they capture.
In their most recent article “Body Count Points to a Mexican Military Out of Control,” Mexico City reporter Azam Ahmed and Washington-based reporter Eric Schmitt take on the Mexican military for human rights violations claiming they kill too many cartel gunmen and rarely suffer losses of life.
While the NYT quotes American professors schooled in military strategy and warfare, they completely missed one key element in Mexico’s cartel war — that many cartel gunmen are in fact teenagers or young men, with minimal training on the high powered and illegal weapons given to them. The gunmen are used to taking on unarmed citizens rather than trained military or police forces.
As someone who has been in the middle of those gun battles, this writer can confirm first hand the difference between cartel gunmen wildly firing automatic weapons, at times injuring or killing bystanders, versus military forces in Mexico who tend to fire as few rounds as possible in an more accurate fashion.
The article by the NYT simply helps to re-affirm the old cliche that foreign correspondents simply have no clue about the realities of the country they are reporting from and continue to push their own beliefs with an international byline. While Mexico City denotes a certain mystique and danger, it is in fact a large metropolitan city with more similarities to New York City than the rest of Mexico. The city does have its crime; however, residents there are quite sheltered from the realities of brutal cartel warfare.
The fallacy from many foreign correspondents, including Ahmed, is that by reporting out of Mexico City and the surrounding areas, is they believe they have a deep understanding of the country.
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