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A Mexican soldier walks in a poppy field in El Durazno, Guerrero state, Mexico, June 16, 2011. (Marcelo A Salinas / MCT)

By Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine, November 20, 2019

Stephen M. Krason is Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.

Stephen M. Krason

The constant infiltration of illicit drugs from south of the border and the devastation it has wrought on American cities and sizable portions of the population do not seem to have been enough for the U.S. to move against the drug cartels. However, the shocking, brutal massacre by cartel thugs some days ago of the group of American Mormons—all of whom were women and children—living in their ancestral home in northern Mexico should drive home the urgent need to take decisive action.

While the motive for the attack has not been conclusively determined, it is likely that the cartel in control of much of that part of Mexico, just south of the New Mexico and Arizona border, thought the Mormon community was in their way, as for some time its leaders have been outspoken against the actions of the cartels. A decade ago, the cartels kidnapped and murdered members of one of the Mormon families.

Anyone who thinks this couldn’t happen here in the United States should note that many people living near the border as well as members of the Border Patrol have often spoken about the ongoing lawlessness and turmoil. There is no reason to think that something like this might not happen on the American side. ….