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The War against Arizona

While Americans were celebrating Independence Day weekend, news of a gun battle near the Arizona-Mexico border, rivaling anything from the old “Wild West” days, wasn’t getting much attention.

Here’s what you likely missed: Rival Mexican drug gangs shot it out 12 miles outside of Arizona, leaving 21 dead. At least six others were wounded.

About the same time, elsewhere along the border, gunmen killed an assistant attorney general for Chihuahua state and one of her bodyguards. After being chased through the darkened city streets of Ciudad Juarez by assailants with automatic weapons, Sandra Salas Garcia was murdered. A second bodyguard was wounded. Salas was responsible for evaluating the work of prosecutors and special investigations units in Chihuahua.

That weekend’s murder spree brought the death toll due to drug violence along the border since 2006 to 23,000. That’s about half the number of Americans killed in Vietnam in a decade.

In Ciudad Juarez, a tiny border town, more than 4,300 people have been murdered in that same time period.

There’s a war going on a few miles south of the U.S. border – and no one in Washington seems to be the least bit concerned.

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