News item for 14 June 2010.
10 Mexican federal police killed in attack
The Associated Press
Monday, June 14, 2010 | 10:20 a.m.
Ten federal police officers were killed Monday after being attacked by unidentified gunmen near a vocational high school in western Mexico.
The officers were returning from a patrol when they came under fire from the gang in the city of Zitacuaro in western Michoacan state, the federal Public Safety Department said in a statement.
An unspecified number of officers were wounded in the attack and were taken to hospitals in Mexico City and the Michoacan state capital, Morelia, for treatment, the statement said. Several assailants were also killed or wounded, but officials did not provide an exact number.
Brutal drug-gang violence has swept Michoacan, a state known for its picturesque colonial capital, beaches and Monarch butterfly sanctuary. The state is a stronghold of La Familia, a cartel known for beheading its rivals and staging bold attacks on government security forces.
Reuters reported: "Gunmen used a heavy truck to block a highway in the Western state of Michoacan and opened fire on a federal police convoy."
My thanks to KD for forwarding the sobering yet instructive photos below of an "emboscada" (ambush) -- an insignificant incident in a much wider civil war. Insignificant, except to the dead men and their families. It is easy to sit behind a keyboard in our clean, safe homes and and beat the drum for immediate gunfire against an enemy that is destroying the Republic in front of our faces. It is quite another thing to see, hear, smell and yes, taste, the aftermath of such gunfire and all the many tragedies and sorrows it brings.
The men lying in grotesque shapes below were killed by savage thugs fighting for the right to carry on their criminal enterprise without restraint. They were keened over by their grieving mothers, wives, and daughters before being shoveled into the ground. Their sacrifice has already been forgotten by the larger world.
The AP story above says that "Several assailants were also killed or wounded, but officials did not provide an exact number." This is likely a falsehood, just another example of the old body count syndrome. They don't want to admit that they got their clocks cleaned, so they lie.
But for all those who keep calling for immediate gunfire against the Regime, I offer these pictures as a cautionary note. Bedford Forrest was right, war means fighting and fighting means killing, and nothing is the same afterward.
For those of you who, like me, are reluctant to violence but steeled to its likely onset given a predatory and rapacious Leviathan, I offer these photos as a tactical instruction. Observe the terrain, the key features, the forensic clues left by the emboscada.
May God grant that such scenes never become commonplace in our country, but if they do, let Him grant us the will and the wisdom to win and make the slaughter worth something when stacked against the bloody sacrifice.