“In the history of modern war, fighters are much more likely to injure their enemies than kill them,” nytimes.com opines. “But in Mexico, the opposite is true. According to the government’s own figures, Mexico’s armed forces are exceptionally efficient killers — stacking up bodies at extraordinary rates.” Skipping ahead to the stats . . .
The Mexican Army kills eight enemies for every one it wounds.
For the nation’s elite marine forces, the discrepancy is even more pronounced: The data they provide says they kill roughly 30 combatants for each one they injure . . .
About 3,000 people were killed by the military between 2007 and 2012, while 158 soldiers died. Some critics call the killings a form of pragmatism: In Mexico, where fewer than 2 percent of murder cases are successfully prosecuted, the armed forces kill their enemies because they cannot rely on the shaky legal system.
Can you say extrajudicial summary execution? And yet America continues to pour arms and armament into Mexico: from Black Hawk helicopters to tens of thousands of fully automatic rifles. Accountability? That’s not our policy.