Full story at link. Aside from the not-insignificant aspect of religious fanaticism, Mexico and Afghanistan grow more alike each day.

LOMBARDÍA, Mexico — They have been hailed as saviors, vigilantes marching into town with military-style rifles and submachine guns, wearing no uniforms and threatening to whip miscreants as they bring order to this lawless Mexican region known as Tierra Caliente, or hot lands.

But now some of the residents who welcomed the vigilantes’ populist brand of justice, even giving them money to buy weapons, are growing anxious that these self-declared protectors may end up becoming predators themselves...

"The American military is like a finely crafted sword. To be effective, it must be wielded by a discerning, skilled and merciless hand."