Guerilla war has come again to the Texas/Mexican border. Citing ABC 13, Mexican security officials exchanged firefight with suspected cartel gunmen in Villa Union on Saturday. Citing NBC, at least 21 people are dead. The full number of fatalities may not have yet been confirmed. Among the dead are 17 cartel soldiers and four police officers.
There have not yet been reports of civilian deaths. However, citing New York Daily News, many people are reported missing.
Shots were fired for more than an hour. Citing David Millward, US correspondent for the Telegraph UK, there were four police fatalities and six additional officers were wounded. This transpired after the cartel members invaded the town of Villa Union, in Saltillo, Coahuila. The cartel rolled into the town in a convoy of pickup trucks. They proceeded to storm local government buildings.
You can watch one of the videos at National Security News. Before you click the link, understand the gravity of what you are about to see. Frantic voices call to loved ones to barricade home doors. It is the strain of those frantic voices that may disturb you. Not what you see, but what you hear.
Other alleged footage shows cars set alight. A bonfire of hate, continuing into the city.
The scene from social media videos shows Villa Union, about an hour south of the Texan border, riddled with burnt out vehicles. Gunfire peppers the scene. A black truck can be seen with C.D.N. painted in white across its body. Those are pompous initials of Cartel del Noreste (Cartel of the Northeast).
An aftermath video shows the Presidencia Municipal Villa Union building pocked as if with an ice pick with the many wounds of the firefight. To see it, it reminds you of the getaway car Bonnie and Clyde were killed in.
Windows and doors hang gaping open, gutted of their glass.
In a video that captured the gunfight, one can hear a sound like a rattle in the background. The rolling sound of rapid exchanged gunfire. Yet another note to the chorus of unending human violence.
We ask ourselves, “Where do we go from here?” Where do the people of Villa Union go to climb out of the darkness of continued war with the cartel?
It’s difficult to say. Further citing ABC 13, Mexico’s murder rates are at a historical all-time high, climbing by 2% in the first 10 months of the new presidency. In 2019, there have been 29,414 homicides. A massive number of people who once had names, faces, homes, careers, families. 29,414 human lives extinguished, reduced to a statistic.
Yet, if brave people continue to sacrifice themselves, as these four police officers have done, maybe an end can come to this saga.
The Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has stated that he will not allow for foreign intervention at this time. Let us as a public stand sober watch for the Mexican people as they proceed with the management of this situation.