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17 July 2010

I haven’t been able to run down Malcolm Beith’s references (and I’ll leave that to others), but I believe he’s correct when he posted yesterday:

Everyone is reporting on the car bomb in Ciudad Juarez, and how it adds a new dimension to the war on drugs. Actually, car bombs (i believe multiple) were detonated in Sinaloa in 2008. So it’s not really a new dimension, more of an ugly new twist.

And, although the would be bomber managed to managed to blow himself up, it’s not the first time gangsters have used bombs against law enforcement people by any means. On 16 Feburary 2008, a gang with colorful names like “El Nazi” and “El Gordo” tried to blow up the local prosecutor’s office in the Federal District, instead blowing up some flunkie.  That bomb was a primitive “mother of Satan” concoction.  Most of the ingredients being available at your local hairdressers (and the widow of the wannabe bomber was a hairdresser), the Mothers of Satan have been a favorite bomb for all kinds of baddies, including “terrorists” — which led to the usual crazy reactions in the U.S. about possible Middle-Eastern involvement.   Count on the always reliable Fred “Paranoia R Us” Burton to try detonating a whole new level of paranoia:

Although Mexican authorities say the attack was the result of a car bomb, a counterterrorism expert said there is “some confusion” about exactly what caused the car to explode.

“For this to be an improvised grenade attack, in some capacity, it doesn’t surprise me,” said Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence at Stratfor, a privately owned global Intelligence service.

But if this particular car bomb was manufactured to the level of sophistication similar to those used by terrorist groups like Hezbollah, then this is a significant event, Burton said.

Other than a more sophisticated bomb design — n this case,  set off by a cell phone, and designed to injure or kill rescue workers (one of the victims was a doctor who stopped to render medical assistance) after police officers were wounded in a shoot-out with gangsters,  all that means is gangsters are reading the same “bombing for dummies” books every other bad guy reads.

Gangsters have been using bombs and car bombs to kill their enemies for a very long time.  And all over the world, even in Arizona (where car bombs are also used for such mundane purposes as disposing of unwanted — and well insuranced — spouses).

And it’s certainly not as if this is a new idea.  Car bombing in relation to the border narcotics trade has been considered before, as in the 1958 film “A Touch of Evil”:

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Maggie permalink
    17 July 2010 1:50 pm

    Thxs Richard. Mike was saying a couple of weeks ago we need to get off Sherlock Holms (although I luv Jeremy Brett) and rewatch Touch Of Evil.

    He is always saying when we drive through Rosarito at night – which isn’t often –” Oh God this is just like Touch Of Evil.”

    I love this scene:


  2. Maggie permalink
    17 July 2010 2:12 pm

    sorry link isn’t coming up – it’s the ‘future is all used up scene.’

    Note in the beginning scene of the vid you put up when Vargas and his wife are walking down the street, Orson Wells (Police Capt. Hank Quinlan) crosses in front of them eluding to the fact that their paths will cross.

    Film class over, back to the mortar.

  3. Maggie permalink
    17 July 2010 5:45 pm

    Ha ! OK Mike says Vargas and his wife are walking into the light, Orson is walking into the darkness.

    God that’s like I don’t know what.


  4. Tio Foncho permalink
    17 July 2010 8:45 pm

    The scene in a Touch of Evil was shot at Venice Beach. The Cadillac pulls out of a street called Speedway, then turns left onto Windward Ave., then right onto Ocean Front Walk. This is what that street looks like today. You can still see some of the columns.

    The cross street in the foreground is Speedway. The camera is looking East down Windward to Pacific Ave. Directly behind the camera position is Ocean Front Walk. As a boy of 10, I watched some of tht being filmed.

  5. 19 July 2010 8:27 am

    Sinaloa 2008—- found but not detonated.



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