High body count points to a Mexican military out of control

In a 2001 shootout in Yurécuaro, Mexican soldiers killed four men said to be members of a drug gang. A bystander was also killed. (Leovigildo Gonzalez/Reuters)
In a 2001 shootout in Yurécuaro, Mexican soldiers killed four men said to be members of a drug gang. A bystander was also killed. (Leovigildo Gonzalez/Reuters)

By Azam Ahmed and Eric Schmitt / New York Times

In the history of modern war, fighters are much more likely to injure their enemies than kill them.

But in Mexico, the opposite is true.

According to the government’s own figures, Mexico’s armed forces are exceptionally efficient killers — stacking up bodies at extraordinary rates.

The Mexican authorities say the nation’s soldiers are simply better trained and more skilled than the cartels they battle.

But experts who study the issue say Mexico’s kill rate is practically unheard-of, arguing that the numbers reveal something more ominous.

“They are summary executions,” said Paul Chevigny, a retired New York University professor who pioneered the study of lethality among armed forces.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/world/americas/mexican-militarys-high-kill-rate-raises-human-rights-fears.html

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