In one of the most chilling revelations yet about the violence in Mexico, a drug cartel-connected trafficker claims fellow gangsters have kidnapped highway bus passengers and forced them into gladiatorlike fights to groom fresh assassins.
If what he says is true, gangsters who make commonplace beheadings, hangings and quartering bodies have managed an even crueler twist to their barbarity.
Members of the Zetas cartel, he says, have pushed passengers into an ancient Rome-like blood sport with a modern Mexico twist that they call, “Who is going to be the next hit man?”
The trafficker said those who survive are taken captive and eventually given suicide missions, such as riding into a town controlled by rivals and shooting up the place.
Sure, it might be lurid BS that exists only in the fertile imagination of a guy who’s trying to make a buck. But from what everyone’s heard of the Zetas, is it really that damned implausible?
My only quibble is about the “grooming for suicide mission” thing. Absent the maniacal religious motivation of the muslims, a dude needs a pretty strong reason to go throw his life away like that, and I’m not seeing this story provide one.