Saturday, November 28, 2009

"The Sicario: A Juárez Hit Man Speaks," by Charles Bowden

A friend passed on this article (from Harper's, May 2009) in which a contract killer describes the unspeakable cruelty he and fellow assassins practiced on an unfathomable scale in democratic Mexico. He repeatedly insists he had intact feelings, and seems very proud of his professionalism. And he started his career as a teenager while working for the Mexican police and after receiving US training. There has been some debate on whether Mexico is or is becoming yet another "failed state." I am wondering if this technical jargon can really capture the enormity of the tragedy Bowden' inteview conveys with such hair-raising, visceral sharpness. Woe to the society ruled, albeit informally, by sociopaths and their proud henchmen.