Bad as the terror attacks in Mumbai were, far more people are dead in Mexico from ongoing narco-terrorism.

In Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, there were 1400 murders in 2008 (so far) compared with 200 the year before. That’s in a city of about 2 million. (Curiously, Google searches on “Juarez murders” turns up far more links about a serial killer than the narco terrorists.)

Recently eight people were executed in a restaurant when gunmen unloaded 100 rounds on their corner table.

Last weekend in Tijuana:

At least 38 people have been killed in Tijuana since Saturday, nine of them decapitated, in escalating drug-related violence that appears to have left in tatters a Mexican military offensive launched two weeks ago.

The killing spree marked the end of the tenure of the city’s top law enforcement official. Secretary of Public Security Alberto Capella Ibarra was removed from his post Monday evening after a year marked by upheaval in the police ranks and increasing violence.

Dozens of soldiers and federal agents patrolling the eastern part of the city have failed to stop the killings between rival drug cartels, which continue brazen and brutal attacks across Tijuana.

Three of the nine decapitated bodies discovered in an empty lot Sunday were those of police officers, according to the Baja California attorney general’s office. On Saturday night, two brothers, 4 and 13 years old, were gunned down along with their father outside a grocery store, authorities said.

Read on. The outlook is grim. A largely incompetent government is up against vicious people with plenty of cash to buy powerful weapons. People who are ruthless enough to murder judges, police chiefs and journalists who stand in their way.