The government captured one of the most-wanted members of the La Familia cartel, Arnaldo Rueda. His arrest set off a furious two-day counterattack by the cartel against at least 14 police and army posts in Michoacán, Guerrero, and Guanajuato that left 5 army and police officers dead and at least 18 wounded; five civilians were also reported killed. Noted columnist Ciro Gómez Leyva, “In the war against the narcos, July 11th seems like a kind of Tet offensive, the synchronized, made-for-Hollywood offensive by the … North Vietnamese army that, despite being characterized as a military disaster, created the perception that the otherwise invincible U.S. army would never win in Vietnam.” In a separate development, reacting to the mounting evidence of human rights violations by the Army, El Universal asked, in its lead editorial, “Is it time to rethink the drug war?” (Universal 7/12, 7/13, Milenio 7/13)
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