In Tijuana alone, a wave of gangland killings has left at least 99 people dead since Sept. 26, a death toll that rivals, if not exceeds, that in Baghdad, a war-torn city that is four times as large, over the same period.
TJ is my favorite city in North America, so this is sad news. Already this year, over 3700 have been killed in Mexico’s drug war, compared to 2700 in all of 2007. TJ borders San Diego, which means whale’s vagina, according to Ron Burgundy, and serves as the major entry point to America for cocaine and meth. Gangs are battling for control of the city, and have taken to dumping bodies in highly visible places, even schools:
…some of the gruesome details of recent killings, like the several vats of acid that were found outside a seafood restaurant, containing what the authorities said they believed were human remains. Or the two bodies wrapped in what resembled cellophane that were found near a road sign that said, “Thank you for visiting Tijuana.”
Bodies have been hung from bridges, sliced into pieces, decapitated, burned.