The Norte de Ciudad Juárez newspaper reported that Juárez has had nearly 730 homicides, surpassing the total in Mexico City for all of last year. Mexico City has about 20 million residents.
By comparison in 2007, New York City had 496 slayings, Los Angeles had 390 and Chicago 443, according to the preliminary Uniform Crime Report by the FBI.
Read the rest of the story here. That is more than 700 people dead in a city of maybe one-and-a-half, maybe two million [Mexican govt statistics are approximately as reliable as everything else in Mexico]. One strange thing about the bloodshed is how little reported it is here in the American press. I don't know if that is attributable to a reluctance to make Mexico look bad or an indifference to Mexican deaths. I think we don't understand how close Mexico comes to being a state in anarchy, ruled by dopers and grasping oligarchs.