10 June 2010
Americans kill 14 year old Mexican
A 14 year old Mexican boy has been shot dead by American border patrol officers who seem to have opened fire into Mexico from their side of the border. Quite what happened to cause the shooting is still unclear, and will probably end up with both countries reaching different conclusions. What is clear is that seventeen Mexicans have been either killed or wounded form shots fired by American officials from their side of the border this year. In 2009 that figure stood at twelve and in 2008 five. So something is happening on the border to make the Americans trigger happy.
The death of a boy raises the stakes considerably and leads this writer to conclude that many more people will be killed and wounded in the months to come. The northern border is a violent place at the best of times and now any number of thuggish young men with guns in their pockets and time on their hands are going to think about taking revenge for this young fellow's death.
Given that the Americans seem to have already turned their goon squads loose, we can expect the border to become even wilder than it already is as both sides shoot it out.