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Point Blank: Can Mexico Outlive Its History?

January 15, 2011

"The city's gates are silent, her priests groan, her young women are crying..."

In Professor Charles Kinbote’s extraordinary article, Mexico’s Chosen People, we learned how Eusebio Joaquin Gonzalez, the founder of La Luz del Mundo, a uniquely Mexican religious movement, defied the violence of the Cristero War to create a church radically apart from the forces then driving Mexico toward destruction.

On Tuesday, January 11, however, La Luz del Mundo, based in Guadalajara, couldn’t distance itself from yet another Mexican war nudging the country toward the abyss.

When a group of unidentified assailants tried to kidnap several men from a hardware store in Guadalajara’s Colonia Del Fresno, they opened fire, killing two innocent passers-by — a thirteen-year old girl and an eight-year old girl, Evelyn Josefat and Betsa Sarai.

They were sisters and they belonged to La Luz del Mundo.

At the girls’ funeral, church members comforted each other with phrases such as “children belong to God.”

And while that may be undeniably true, the pursuit of justice belongs to man.

We pray that God, in His great mercy, grant peace and strength to the families who loved these little girls, and to all the many thousands of families who’ve so far surrendered people they very much loved to the toll of an insurgency whose sole purpose seems the satisfaction of greed.

And we hope that La Luz del Mundo will marshall its considerable resources, spiritual and otherwise, to seek justice for this particular loss, and to make Mexico whole.

Please click here for a Spanish-language account of the attack.

Please click here for a Spanish-language account of the funeral.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. eric permalink
    January 21, 2011 1:19 pm

    Hugo, perhaps you might find this of interest:

    fYI: MEXICO as a FAILED STATE (book review)

    Author James Cockcroft is a Fulbright Scholar. His new book, linked below, describes another (disguised) Mexican revolution being waged by corporate and military interests, using the drug war as a ruse to accomplish other geopolitical goals.

    Here are two quotes:

    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has named Mexico and Pakistan the two most unstable nations in the world—they can melt down any minute. They are “failed states.” So in 2009 Obama appointed his new ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, an expert in “nationbuilding” and in “failed states.”
    [. . . ]
    The militarization is a revival of the “dirty war” of the 1970s, especially in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Michoacán. Now the dirty war is furthered by the presence of narco thugs and unemployed youth who, in some parts of the nation, work with top police and military officers. But there is another difference between now and the 1970s. Internationally renowned Mexican Senator Rosario Ibarra, famed for her outspoken defense of human rights, has pointed out that the murdered and disappeared are not only opposition figures and social movement activists but also “the civilian population unrelated to any political or social conflict or the narcotraffic. . . . [The majority] are executions of the civilian population, of youth, both men and women, and of the poor.”

    The book also includes discussion of allowing foreign troops into Mexico in the future; and of the historical precedents of revolution in Mexico. Understanding history saves retracing mistakes of the past.

    Review SOURCE:’s_real_motives_for_launching_a_drug_war_in_mexico/?page=1

    Amazon LINK:

    Heads up, everybody!


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