Mexico Sends Military into Michoacan to Battle Drug Cartels
For the first time in 20 years, a military command and personnel are fighting to control Mexico's Michoacan failed state with its important seaport. The deep water port, Lazaro Cardenas, is Latin America's top shipping port because it can handle the newest ships that carry up to 14,000 containers. The port is vital because it handles 38 million tons a year.
For the past two years, the drug cartel, Knights Templar, has declared war in this state and taking ownership for it as violence has sky rocketed shocking the locals. For some time, it was local vigilante groups that fought protected areas to maintain law and order but even these fell prey to corruption, greed and extortion. This cartel is not alone fighting for control of the port, so are the Zetas and Jalisco New generation cartels are going for it. Armed with more deadly weapons and violence, some feel they are terrorists in every sense of the word.
Fed up with the undeclared war, Mexico's president has issued orders to its military to enter the fray fully armed and combat ready. Federal police are also being sent. The Navy will control the port along with army troops. Because of internal corruption in the port, all existing persons are removed and replaced with 150 officials to remove corruption.Army troops replaced all 113 municipal police officers thought to in collusion with cartels.
The decision was the last straw. Last month, the cartels attacked a total of 18 power stations to force the public into submission which left 500,000 people with no electricity for days. Cartels are targeting more infrastructure just like Islamic terrorists. There is a fear that their techniques are being copied. They are all using the Internet to recruit and to conduct PR for their actions on Facebook. Like terrorists, they help those who are poor or when a natural calamity occurs to recruit and to "win the hearts and minds" of the local population.
Make no mistake about this- it is an internal war for Mexico and many Mexicans in the US refuse to return because of it.