The Street Gangs More Vicious Than ISIS

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BY CHRISTOPHER DICKEY

El Salvador has been brought to its knees by gang violence, and the groups have infiltrated the U.S., too.
One of El Salvador’s former guerrilla leaders, who years ago traded olive drab for Irish tweeds and took up residence at Oxford University, can tell you exactly why his homeland is being torn apart right now by gang violence.

He can also tell you what that means to those of us who live under the delusion that the carnage in the streets of San Salvador this month—expected to get much worse this weekend—is not just a local problem in a faraway land.

 The body of bus driver Elias Emilio Melendez lies inside his vehicle after he was killed by suspected gang members during the third day of a suspension of public transport services in San Salvador, El Salvador July 29, 2015.
Reuters

Central America’s savagery is terrorism, pure and simple, says Joaquín Villalobos, and in many respects it is more horrible than the Middle Eastern brand. “Islamic terrorism decapitates and crucifies in its territories,” says Villalobos in a column for the Madrid daily El Paí

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