Are Mexico drug cartels terrorist?

El Universal urges the government of Mexico to request the UN to label the cartels as terrorists. (Translated by Borderland Beat)

The attacks that have been executed by the criminal groups in Mexico against the authorities and the civilian population would be the very definition of terrorism that the United Nations put forth during one of its international conventions.

“The definition establishes that these are acts of physical or psychological violence against the civilian population that is meant to cause a regime change. Los Zetas and other groups are trying to change the structure within the Mexican state in order to put their own people in power,” said Eduardo Buscaglia.

The deliberate targeting of non-combatants for death and injury is a primary component in the definition of terrorism so, by most any criteria, the cartels are terrorist.

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