The drug cartel-fueled violence in Mexico shows no sign of abating. It's as if the cartels are engaged in a hellish competition to see who can out savage the other in horrendous killings. Like this one in which 53 people are now reported dead; authorities are still looking for more bodies:
US Attorney General Eric Holder has proposed a new strategy to help Mexican halt these casino murders.
MONTERREY, Mexico — Two dozen gunmen burst into a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with gasoline and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing 40 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said.
The fire at the Casino Royale in Monterrey, a city that has seen a surge in drug cartel-related violence, represented one of the deadliest attacks on an entertainment center in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late 2006.
"This is a night of sadness for Mexico," federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire said in a televised address. "These unspeakable acts of terror will not go unpunished."
The newly restructured federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives, Chewing Gum, Tent Stakes, Household Cleaning Products, Lawn Furniture, Bikini Waxes, Knotted Lamp Cords and Running With Sissors In Your Hand will supervise the program.
Dubbed Operation "Zippo Storm" by BATFECGTSHCPLFBWKLCRWSIYH wags, the new initiative will relax foreign trade restrictions in order to track straw sales of unauthorized American cigarette lighters to members of Mexican drug cartels.