Massacre of Americans shows drug war worse this time around


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MEXICO CITY (AP) — There was a time when the violence of Mexico's 2006-2012 drug war shocked Americans, but barely touched them. This time around — like everything else about the country's renewed cartel conflict — it's worse.

The slaughter of three U.S. women and six of their children, some infants, in the northern state of Sonora Monday punctured the old belief that the drug cartels would avoid killing foreigners, women or children.

The shocking killings of the nine Americans by gang gunmen prompted an offer from President Donald Trump to help Mexico wage a war to wipe cartels "off the face of the earth." President Andrés Manuel López Obrador rebuffed the offer, but others abroad are wondering if the time has come for him to change his "hugs not bullets" policy with gangs.

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