A Lull In The Drug War

Jeremy Relph checks in on Juarez, Mexico, which is “no longer the world’s murder capital, a distinction passed on to San Pedro Sula, Honduras; now it’s number 19”:

[T]here is a peace in Juárez: People are out eating in restaurants, drinking in bars. A girl can punch another girl in the head for going out with her ex and it can be just that, not a prelude to a bloodbath. What no one can know is if the peace is real, lasting. “Just like [the] first World War was preparation for the second World War, the peace has come because they’ve exterminated each other,” says [human rights investigator Gustavo] de la Rosa. “And the 5,000 in jail, these people could be the reserves for the second gang war. I hope it’s not like that.”