Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Severed heads dumped outside Mexican bank

Severed heads dumped outside bank in Mexican state of Michoacán - FT.com:

Two severed heads were dumped in front of a bank in the western Mexican state of Michoacán on Monday, days before a planned visit by Enrique Peña Nieto, the president, to the volatile region where he has launched a major security offensive.

Though there was no confirmation of the identity of the victims, officials believe the murders in the town of Parácuaro were the work of the Knights Templar cartel seeking to dissuade potential informants.

Valor por Michoacán, a local group that monitors the security situation, posted on Twitter that the victims were found with a sign reading “for all those who switched sides”. An official who asked not to be named confirmed that the message was a warning to potential traitors about what could happen to them.

Mr Peña Nieto, who is due to travel to Michoacán this week although no date has yet been announced, deployed some 9,300 federal police and troops to the so-called Tierra Caliente (Hot Lands) region of Michoacán last month to wrest back control of a state with an important Pacific port, and where so-called self-defence groups of armed vigilantes had taken the law into their own hands to fight the Templars.

It was the third time in under a year that the president had sent federal forces to the state, where the cartel has branched out from drug trafficking and extortion to run a lucrative line in smuggling iron ore to China. The move appeared to be paying early dividends, including the capture of the alleged number two in the Templar hierarchy, and a deal with self-defence groups to legalise and join rural police forces.

Nonetheless, the ability of criminal gangs to slip unnoticed into Parácuaro and dump the heads in a plastic bag in front of the bank at the entrance to the town, despite the heavy police and army presence in the region, underlines how difficult it will be to tame the Templars.



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