Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Guest Blogger Series: Mexico Wants WHAT?
I'm trying something new here kids. I have friends who write sporadically but not often enough to have their own blogs, so whenever I find something good, I'll post it up here. This blog was written by my friend Jim.
The U.S. State Department recently issued a travel advisory for Mexico aimed at college students who might want to head south o' the border for spring break. This is in response to increasing violence as drug cartels vie for supremacy.
A report by the U.S. Joint Forces Command states that Mexico (as well as Pakistan) could face "sudden and rapid collapse", also due to the Mexican cartels.
So what does Mexico have to say about this? First it wants an apology from us for trying to scare off millions of potential tourist dollars. Next, they want us to stop the flow of guns into their country, which they claim is fueling the drug cartel violence.
What the fuck!!!???
It's our fault that your citizens are killing each other? It's our fault you can't control your border, and guns stolen or bought illegally here end up down there?
What about the dope you see coming up here? The illegals, who leech off our system? The crimes they commit against U.S. citizens, which many times could result in the death penalty, that Mexico hides after they return to the old country?
And the U.S. government, big and magnanimous, wants to help. We are thinking about sharing intel, and equipping and training Mexican forces to deal with their problem. This is what got us out of the pan and into the fire in the first place.
Enter the "zetas". This is a Mexican drug cartel, founded and comprised of military deserters, who were previously trained by Uncle Sugar to combat the narco-terrorists. Guess they saw the light, and counted the dollar signs and switched sides. Not a bad idea if you can get away with it. Free training, take out the competition, and take over their market share.
I've got a little time on my hands, so for free, here is some advice. Feel free, Mexico and America to take notes:
1. Close the border. Work together on this, build the fence and guard it. In the Army, I was taught that if you put up an obstacle, (ie: mine field, wire, etc,) you guard it. That way, nobody removes it w/o your consent.
2.Both countries need to work harder at prosecuting Mexicans, on either side of the border, who engage in illegal activities. There needs to be more aggressive prosecution and stiffer penalties.
3. Mexico has some of the toughest gun control laws in the world. Anything considered to be "military grade" is illegal for citizens to own. Why? Vigilantie groups are springing up in Mexico, as a result of the rampant crime, and are getting results. If the cops and military are unable or unwilling to protect the masses, shouldn't they have the tools to protect themselves?
4. Do not give the Mexicans 1 more cent to fight crime in their country. Corruption is the norm down there. They can use the funds seized from drug busts to pay for their war on drugs.
I'm smart enough to know there are no easy solutions, but these seem like reasonable places to start. Ideas of your own? Post 'em here.