Photo: Firebombing at Casino Royale, Monterrey Mexico
As the investigation continues into the firebombing at Monterrey, Mexico’s Casino Royale the audacity of the crime has prompted a response from the U.S. and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This is one of the few times that the U.S. has issued a response to a specific act of violence in Mexico. Nonetheless, the U.S. felt it was necessary to reassert its’ solidarity to Mexico and commitment as a crime-fighting partner.
The released statement from the State Department is as follows:
I was shocked and saddened to learn of yesterday’s firebombing of a casino in Monterrey, Mexico. The United States strongly condemns this brutal attack and all acts of criminal violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of all those who were killed and injured.
President Calderon, the Mexican government and the Mexican people have shown great courage and determination in facing the challenges and threats posed by transnational criminal organizations. The United States will continue to assist Mexico’s efforts to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations in strict accordance with Mexican law and respect for Mexican sovereignty. We stand by Mexico now and always as a committed partner and friend.