Mexico takes on the Zetas
... The Gulf cartel arrests were made in Veracruz (on the east coast of Mexico). Apparently, members of the Gulf cartel's associated gang, the Zetas, had also been arrested. The Zetas operate as a "private army" and have been involved in numerous murders along the Texas-Mexico border. The Mexican government is sending a political message. The Calderon government will challenge the drug cartels. Though there has been no rhetorical or media indication that the Mexican government has chosen to treat the cartels as "insurgents," the focus on the gangs' "combat power" certainly suggests the Mexican government has taken that tact in operational terms.This is more evidence that the Calderon government is serious about dealing with the narco thugs. Perhaps there is hope for Mexico and the rule of law.