Big Trouble in Little Tijuana

In the Mexican city of Tijuana, drug cartels battle it out in the streets with each other and the Mexican Military and Federal Police, turning the streets of Tijuana into a battle zone. The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana has put out a statement asking U.S. government employees to shelter in place to avoid becoming victims in the crossfire.

It seems that the conflict started in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez at a prison there across the border from El Paso, Texas, which spread to other Mexican cities such as Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada, and Tecate, and especially within Tijuana. It seems that all of Mexico will be seeing an escalation in the already brutal Mexican Drug War between the cartels and the US and Mexican governments.

The Mexican government sent over 3,000 Federal Troops to Tijuana to restore order by any means necessary, but given that the ATF gave the cartels tons of military grade weapons in addition to what the cartels bought from international arms dealers, the Mexican Federal Troops sent to deal with the cartels who have taken the city face a brutal fight that will almost certainly result in heavy losses on both sides.

The situation in Mexico, as well as most of Latin America in general, just shows what a collapsed state really looks like. The state still operates, but the military and economy are weakened to such a state that alternative power structures form, such as the cartels, to take slices from the pie of power that the collapsed state left out on the window ledge. With our own rising non-White population, inflation, political polarization, and more. Mexico’s present will soon become our own future, whether we like it or not, but of course this has yet to be seen on our side of the border. Time will tell what will truly be the fate of us up north.