I’d love to blame this on the Drug Czar and the foolish War on (Some) Drugs, but this is too depressing. Ultimately we all have it in our own power to stop this in one second just by growing up and stopping putting crap in our bodies. In the end, those kids are dead because of us.
Hit men from Mexico's drug gangs are breaking traditional codes of honor by killing children in a chilling new chapter of a narcotics war that President Felipe Calderón is struggling to control.
In unprecedented attacks, gunmen killed a 3-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl and seriously wounded a 12-year-old girl in the city of Tijuana on the US border this week as they targeted a senior local police officer.
Even hardened residents of Tijuana, where more than 300 people were killed in drug violence last year and severed heads were dumped on city streets, were shocked by photos of young Jose Luis Ortiz's body riddled with bullets.
Ortiz and his mother and father were shot dead as they slept Monday night. Gunmen apparently mistook the boy's father for a police officer and had no qualms about killing the 3-year-old.
Moments later, they found the police officer they were looking for and murdered him, his wife, and their youngest daughter.
Their other child was wounded.
"This is a new strategy to attack children and families and respond to the government's military assault on the cartels. The gangs want to sow panic and fear to overwhelm the authorities," said Victor Clark, a drug trade specialist at San Diego State University.