For John, BLUF: How quickly can this become a reality elsewhere? Nothing to see here; just move along.
On Saturday The New York Times had an article by Randal C Archiboldoct on the digging up of bodies in Mexico—Mexico, our next-door-neighbor. The article title is "Mexico Finds Many Corpses, but Not Lost 43". A number of secret burial sites were uncovered in an effort to find 43 university students who were disappeared by the police. Here is the lede and following two paragraphs:
IGUALA, Mexico — With borrowed shovels and pick axes, the farmers drove their battered pickup trucks to a series of suspicious clearings in the countryside, jumped out and started digging.This suggests a culture of political oppression, a culture where those who don't conform are murdered, or perhaps tortured and then executed, either by drug cartels or the Government. Is this something that should concern us here in the United States? What about down in the Desert Southwest of the nation?
“Hey, hey, it’s a spine,” one of the men, part of a citizen police patrol, called out last week, fishing out what appeared to be a piece of spinal column. Soon came other fragments — a rib? a knee bone?
Five mass graves have already been discovered in the hunt for 43 students who disappeared last month after clashing with the local police — and another half dozen secret burial sites like this one are being tested to determine the origins of the remains inside.
Regards — Cliff