GANGS, “COUPS D’ STREETS,” AND THE NEW WAR IN CENTRAL AMER.

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    A very interesting article and another good reason for better US border protection and control of llegals. Just for giggles use your google finger to look up MS13 and see what comes up! :wink:

    GANGS, “COUPS D’ STREETS,” AND THE NEW WAR IN CENTRAL AMERICA

    Max Manwaring
    Strategic Studies Institute

    A new kind of war is being waged in Central America—and elsewhere around the world—today. The main protagonists are what have come to be called first, second, and third generation street gangs.

    In this war, gangs are not sending conventional military units across national borders, or supporting proxy forces in an attempt to conquer territory or bring down governments. Rather, these nonstate actors are more interested in commercial profit and controlling territory (turf) to allow maximum freedom of movement and action.

    That freedom of movement within countries and across national borders ensures commercial market share and revenues, as well as secure bases for market expansion. Thus, in addition to drug smuggling, these gangs are known to have expanded their activities to smuggling people, body parts, weapons, and cars; associated murder, kidnapping, and robbery; home and community invasion; and other lucrative societal destabilization activities. What makes all this into a new kind of war is that these commercial motives are known to have been developed into political agendas by more sophisticated gangs.

    Link to .pdf file

    http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/newsletter/opeds/2005Jul.pdf

    More subject from the same person.:

    http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB837.pdf
     
  2. I've had experience with MS13 - a particularly nasty bunch - they make the LKs, NETA, Solidos, etc., look like a bunch of kindergarteners. Their propensity for extreme violence and their reluctance to snitch overwhelms local gangs and makes them difficult to bring to justice. Once exclusively Salvadoran I now see Mexicans in their ranks - suprisingly though few Puerto Ricans (I'm talking New England here especially Connecticut).