Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Battle for Rocky Point

-by El Gitano Peñasco, "The Peñasco Gypsy"

Like others in this community I, too, will not dwell too much on the recent ambush and murder attempt on PP’s Chief of Police Erick Landagaray Marcias and his body guard, Luis Huerta Ibarra. And like so many others I, too, send out my sincere prayers and best wishes for their swift recovery and families’ well being.

That said, I am somewhat bothered by those of us who sit on the sidelines and, like a kid watching a school yard fight, most of us are only willing to ‘hold the coat’ for our hero, like Landagaray and others who take on the proverbial school yard bully.

This coming 4th of July, a U.S. holiday, many businesses in Puerto Peñasco are holding a deep breath waiting to see what the ‘traffic’ to our seaside community will be like and although none of us know the ‘numbers’ the fact of the matter is that Gringos will be coming down for the holiday.

Some will be the bravado type, some will just be curious (‘looky-loos’) and others won’t have a ‘clue’ as to recent events while others, the die-hard types in the young to mid age range, will travel here for the 4th because it is PARTY TIME! My sincere hope, regardless of their reasons for coming, is that they show up in record numbers and have a wonderful time with their families and friends.

But then what? The tourists show up, have a great time, go home and report to all that there were no incidents, etc. And yet the assassins who either live here or traveled to Peñasco gunned down, in cold-blood, the police chief and his body guard, reportedly hitting Landagaray six times with an AK-47 (capable of shooting 10 ‘rounds’ per SECOND) and Ibarra seven times...

The only thing I know for sure is that ‘someone’ (somewhere and for some reason) gave the order for the ambush and even if the authorities apprehend the ‘shooters’ this all is far from being over and the ill-fated U.S. war on drugs has now plagued yet another wonderful community (and lives) in Mexico. IMHO, the ‘battle’ for Rocky Point, sadly, is just beginning!

¡Viva Puerto Peñasco y México!