Ask al-Qaeda, the Taliban or Hamas. Ask the people of Gaza or Afghanistan or Western Pakistan in the tribal areas.
Ask the people in the cities and towns along the border with Mexico and the United States.
Bad guys are ending up dead.
For some months now, Pakistan has resisted U.S. pleas for the Pakistani army to take a greater role in fighting the Taliban in the tribal areas. When Pakistan ignored U.S. requests, the U.S. targeted key Taliban men and positions using drone aircraft armed with missiles.
An unmanned but missile-armed U.S. Predator drone.(AFP/USAF/File/US Air Force)
But Pakistan is trapped by conflicting loyalties: to allow the U.S. drone overflights and attacks caused militants inside Pakistan to revolt….
In Gaza, Israel clearly “went after” key leaders of Hamas…..
By Julian Cardona, Reuters
Shadowy vigilante groups are threatening Mexico’s drug gangs near the U.S. border in retaliation for a wave of murders and kidnappings that killed 1,600 people in this city alone last year.
One group in the border city of Ciudad Juarez pledged last week to “clean our city of these criminals” and said their mission was to “end the life of a criminal every 24 hours.”
The emergence of vigilantes would be a new twist to a vicious drug war that killed 5,700 people in Mexico last year and forced the United States to give hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Mexican government.
Investigators examine the body of an unidentified woman founded on a street in Tijuana, Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. The cause of her death is unclear. Tijuana, across the border from San Diego, is one of the world’s busiest border crossings, and the scene of increasing violence, most of it related to drug trafficking.(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
Ciudad Juarez, a manufacturing center in the desert across from El Paso, Texas, was the scene of the worst violence in 2008 as drug cartels fought each other as well as staging kidnappings for ransom and extorting businessmen.
In an e-mail to news organizations, the “Juarez Citizen Command” said it was funded by local businessmen sick of abductions and extortion in the city, home to factories that export goods to the United States.
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