By David L. Brown
One of the major problems facing the United States today is the fact that our First World nation is bordered by a Third World state, Mexico. The problem is magnified by the fact that Mexico is in the process of collapse, on the path to becoming a failed nation such as Zimbabwe or Somalia. The seriousness of this problem is hinted at by this excerpt from an Associated Press story today:
Feds Plan ‘Surge’ if Mexico Drug Violence Spills Into U.S.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
EL PASO, Texas — If Mexican drug violence spills across the U.S. border, Homeland Security officials say they have a contingency plan to assist border areas that includes bringing in the military.
“It’s a common sense extension of our continued work with our state, local, and tribal partners in securing the southwest border,” DHS spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said Friday.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who described the contingency plan in an interview with The New York Times this week, said he ordered specific plans to be drawn up this summer as violence in Mexico continued to mount.
The plan includes federal homeland security agents helping local authorities and maybe even military assistance from the Department of Defense, possibly including aircraft, armored vehicles and special teams to go to areas overwhelmed with violence, authorities said.
Kudwa would not give specifics on the so-called “surge” plan, but said it does not create any new authorities.
In the last year, more than 5,000 people have been killed and police and military officials have become common targets for violent drug cartels who are fighting with each other and the government for control of lucrative drug and human smuggling routes across Mexico.
More than one-fifth of the deaths have occurred in Ciudad Juarez, the hardscrabble border city just across the Rio Grande from El Paso.
The ongoing drug wars just on our border are as bad as Afghanistan and Iraq, probably worse. A few weeks ago I saw a news item stating that for an entire 24 hour period there had been no murders in Tijuana. That was so unusual that it was considered to be news worthy of being reported in the U.S. press. At least, as this article indicates, our homeland security department is beginning to treat the problem with the seriousness it deserves.
There seems to be no end in sight and the problem just gets bigger. The Mexican government is corrupt to the core and completely unable to control its territory. I have news for the writer of that AP article, and that is that the Mexican war is already spilling over our borders. For example, there have been reports that growing numbers of Americans are being kidnapped here in our their own country and taken across the border to be offered for ransom. So far, the media and government have mostly downplayed cross-border crime such as this.
The more it is tolerated, the more it will be encouraged. That kind of criminal violence will continue to spread until we take strong action to secure the border and remove those Mexican criminal elements who are already here. The idea that it is politically incorrect to identify and deport illegal immigrants is national suicide.
We are witnessing a worldwide epidemic of collapsing civil law, a problem that will continue to spread, and a significant example is taking place right there on our very own southern border. Mexico is a failing state, just as surely as those in Africa. The northern tier of Mexican states from the Gulf to the Pacific is already in almost the same situation as Somalia, with drug lords and corrupt military and police engaged in civil and gang warfare, right on our own border.
The story calls this “drug violence.” That is over simplification. This is much more than that and as the world economy sinks, Mexico begins to suffer widespread famine, unemployment there becomes endemic, and the crime worsens, what will those tens of millions of starving and desperate people just to our south do then? Stay there and starve or be killed? Move to Zimbabwe? Ask their friends the Chinese to let them move there?
Um, no, as is traditional down there in Old Mexico they’ll be coming north to the Land of the Formerly Free and the Home of the No Longer Brave. To join the millions of their fellows who are already here. And we better start now if we want to prevent our nation being overrun by tens of millions of economic and environmental refugees.