November 25, 2008

This story in the Washington Post about the killing of journalists in Ciudad Juarez has this fine if caustic observation:

""No longer do they just threaten us," Torres said. "Now they act."

Torres said he does not know who killed his ace reporter. "Many people assume he was killed by the narcos, but I am not so sure," he said. "He was killed by organized crime, I will say that. In Mexico, organized crime can mean the traffickers, the police, the government, or the people in the office buildings."

The story describes the death this way:

"Rodríguez, 40, was killed Nov. 13 in front of his home by a single gunman. He was shot 10 times while warming up his car, directly in front of his 8-year-old daughter, as he was about to drive her to school in the morning."

Now, please understand that I am not speaking ill of the dead when I ask this, but I do have to wonder: who warms up their car in Mexico? Even if it was an engine with a carburetor? (from the picture it looked like some piece of shite little Nissan) This is on the border, not the top of Popocatepetl.

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