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Murder And Mayhem In Mexico

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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 2:22 pm

Continuing another year of violence in Mexico, three SUVs carrying U.S. citizens were ambushed and attacked in northern Mexico, not far from our border, resulting in the savage murder of three women and six children. There were 36,000 murders in Mexico last year and this year is on track to come close. Since the so-called war on Mexican drug gangs began in 2006, more than 250,000 lives, about the population of Richmond, Virginia, have been lost to violence and more mass graves containing mutilated human remains are found regularly.

Mexico has lost that “war” against drug cartels. The latest decisive, humiliating defeat came last month when Mexican police and national guardsmen surrendered drug lord Ovidio Guzman whom they had just captured. Outgunned by the mobsters, heavily-armed with automatic weapons made in America, the government force just surrendered, rather than risk further casualties. Such bravery! The younger Guzman is the son of Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman who sits in a New York prison, hopefully for life, but don’t count on it. He’s escaped more often than my cat.

But before just blaming the violence on our neighbors to the south, consider why these brutal cartels stay in business. It’s demand for their products which are drugs and human smuggling. The drug customers are mostly Americans whose insatiable demand keeps these thugs in business. And they will maim and murder without mercy or remorse, anyone who gets in their way of profit or territory. Other sources of incidental income are extortion and kidnapping for ransom. So if you are even a casual user of illegal or illegally obtained drugs, even just to be fashionably naughty occasionally, or you have an encouraging, cooperative attitude toward illegal immigration, you are part of the problem. These are not victimless crimes. Income from these activities keeps the gangs in business which puts innocent people at risk on both sides of the border.

President Donald Trump telephoned Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offering U.S. assistance, including military aid, to help fight the cartels. Not surprisingly, Mr. Lopez Obrador declined the offer, referring to it as intervention. Mr. Trump must realize that given Mexican history, no Mexican government will ever permit Yanqui intervention. But the continued violence and carnage on our southern border endangers American as well as Mexican lives and is not just Mexico’s internal affair. Perhaps Mr. Trump actually intended to make an offer the Mexican president couldn’t refuse.

Lopez Obrador came to office with a supposedly new approach to dealing with the cartels. He called it “Hugs, not bullets,” saying that his predecessor’s war against the drug dealers was a failure. He’s right, of course. It was a failure but so is his approach and, furthermore, it’s not new. It’s the same old approach that liberals tend to take when approaching problems like drug abuse and homelessness: look for someone else besides the users and dealers to blame. Instead of drying up the demand by zero tolerance which is hard work, just look for reasons why people turn to drugs, why people turn to drug dealing to support their families, and why people choose to live on the street when there are often shelters and jobs available. In other words, talk the problem to death under the pious impression that you’re actually helping to solve it.

Even while they are searching for reasons, liberal states like California are emptying their prisons of “minor” drug offenders. The message this sends to our youth is that minor drug use is no big deal. Adults do it. Any illegal drug use is a big deal because it supports violent criminal gangs.

And by the way, California liberals continue to tolerate the homeless epidemic despoiling their cities by saying the main cause is a lack of affordable housing which is the fault of municipal government. It’s local government’s fault alright but it’s not primarily caused by lack of affordable housing and it won’t be solved by building more potential slums. It’s primarily caused by drug addiction and mental illness. You know where the drugs come from.

Mexico, our third largest trading partner, is in danger of becoming a failed state. It is losing its lucrative and important tourist business. It has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world. It is now estimated that the cartels control about a third of the country. If you think that you know which two-thirds are safe, you are deluding yourself. Sadly, it is unlikely to get better until Mexico, the world’s 15th largest economy, favored by its location next to the largest, its rich culture and home to some of the nicest, most industrious people in the world, learns how to complete the transition from a third world country, plagued by corruption, poverty and cartel violence. Its people deserve better and we deserve a safer neighbor on our southern border.

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