“Plan Mexico” Claims its First Victims in the Murky Floodwaters of Tabasco

With an Entire State Under Water, Calderón Has Troops Searching Cars for Drugs Instead of Helping

By Greg Berger
Special to The Narco News Bulletin
November 1, 2007

Villahermosa, the capital of Tabasco State, is currently underwater. The heaviest rains in memory have thrust the waters of at least seven rivers in the State above their banks. In many neighborhoods in the capital, rooftops are the only thing peeking out of the flooded waters from the Grijalva river, and in other barrios houses have sunk completely below the depths. Just like we saw in New Orleans in the days following Hurricane Katrina, countless lives have surely been swallowed by the muddy waters.

But just like the tragedy that struck in Louisiana, this disaster is not entirely natural. It is a tragic natural occurrence whose effects might have been mitigated if not for a Mexican government so dangerously prostrate to the Bush administration, that it signed away its most basic responsibilities to its citizens by agreeing to a 1.4 billion dollar package from the U.S. to “fight drugs” that has been dubbed “Plan Mexico.”

What, you may ask, is the connection between Plan Mexico and the heavy rainfall in the Mexican Southeast?

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