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Volden i Mexico er i en særklasse, og på høyde med tapstall i Irak. Likevel er den lite kommentert.

Nylig vakte en video oppsikt som viste en kvinne som ble halshugget. Det er altså ikke bare islamister som benytter denne bestialske metoden.

Den nå arresterte lederen av Los Zetas-kartellet, Miguel Angel Trevino, (bildet) var blant dem som innførte halshugginger.

En spesiell omstendighet var at videon lå ute på Facbook som ellers fjerner bilder bare de ser en pupp. Men halshugging er ok. Publiseringen førte til sterke reaksjoner og Facebook måtte trekke videoen.

In the grainy footage, the woman is on her knees in jeans and a pink top, before a masked man holding a knife behind her says in a gruff voice: «Well, gentleman, this is what happens to all those in the Gulf Cartel. On behalf of Los Zetas.»

The rest of the video is a gruesome 40 seconds of cold-blooded murder, which caused international controversy recently when it was posted on Facebook.

«Irresponsible» was the word used by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, about the social network’s policy permitting the video to be uploaded. After a day or so of impassioned debate on both sides, Facebook reversed its decision and took the video down.

BBC bemerker at ingen har meldt seg og identifisert kvinnen, til tross for at hun har på seg spesielle klær.

Det kan skyldes frykt. Los Zetas er kjent for sin brutalitet og har bl.a spesialisert seg på halshugginger.

«The place to start [such an investigation] is with the municipal police,» says Dr George Grayson, one of world’s authorities on Los Zetas and author of the book, The Executioner’s Men, about the criminal organisation. The problem, he says, is that although many municipal police officers may work for the public during the day – and sometimes even that is questionable – at night they work for the cartel.

As such, he says, fear is a powerful tool used by both the Zetas and their rivals.

«People are reluctant to report crimes, even heinous crimes. State forces are not much better in terms of their corruption and their collaboration with the cartels.»

Bander som benytter ekstrem brutalitet gjør stor skade på samfunnet og Mexico har store problemer. Bandene har også etablert seg i USA og det store antall latinos i USA gjør det vanskelig å bekjempe dem. Ikke minst på grunn av frykten for konsekvensene ved å tyste og korrupsjonen de sprer.

Korrupsjon er som kreft som spiser opp samfunnet innenfra.

«This gets to the heart of one of Mexico’s biggest dramas – and that’s the issue of investigation,» says newspaper columnist, Julian Andrade, who has also published a number of books on the drug war.

«Remember that statistics show we have a 96-98% rate of impunity. The majority of crimes are never going to be investigated here in Mexico. This is the profound problem – that even high profile cases like this one which make an impact in the world’s media still reflect the incapacity of the authorities to carry out investigations.»

Ingen regler

Tidligere var kvinner og barn beskyttet. Man rørte ikke dem. Nå er alt tillatt og alle kan bli rammet, også ved kun å være venn eller slekt av en kartellene betrakter som fiende.

Faren er at staten må være like hensynsløs for å nedkjempe en fiende som benytter slike metoder.

«Often these ghoulish events take the form of settling scores against someone who has offended Los Zetas or is in conflict with Los Zetas,» he says. It’s possible she was just a relative or friend of a member of a rival drug gang, and was killed for revenge.

He recounts a story he has written about in the past in which a woman in Nuevo Laredo, said to be an informant, was allegedly beaten to death by the sadistic former leader of Los Zetas, Miguel Angel Trevino or «Z-40», in front of an assembled group of corrupt policemen, sending out a clear message not to cross the cartel.

«Twenty to 25 years ago, women were involved in the narco-trade but you typically didn’t kill women. Now all the rules have changed and the Zetas have been the main impulse in changing the rules.»

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24772724