The gun violence south of America’s border is staggering, in terms of its ferocity and pervasiveness. In fact, it’s time to stop worrying if Mexico has descended into a hotbed of terrorism. It IS a hotbed of terrorism. Now we could quibble about the definition of terrorism as opposed to, say, “simple” criminality. After all, Mexican drug lords have an actual product to sell, rather than a fascist political/religious philosophy . . .
But let’s go with dictionary.reference.com‘s definition, which says terrorism is “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.” In addition to terrorizing the civilian population, the Mexican drug cartels have murdered scores of politicians and journalists, subverting both the rule of law and democracy.
That’s good (bad) enough for me. But not apparently, for the Mexican ambassador to the United States . . .
The drug cartels operate more like businesses as terrorist organizations seeking to maximize their profits and making mergers and acquisitions as do the large companies in the international market, says the ambassador of Mexico in the United States, Arturo Sarukhan . . .
Ambassador Sarukhan said that the right title for the article should be “Let’s call that Mexican cartels are very violent transnational criminal organizations and well-funded.”
He added that the cartels are not terrorists, but “very violent criminal groups are well financed and structured. They pursue a particular goal. They want to maximize their profits and do what most businesses do: aggressive takeovers, mergers and acquisitions search “.
The Mexican diplomat stressed that the drug cartels use violence to protect their business from other competitors as well as the efforts of the governments of Mexico and the United States to retreat, and that these criminal organizations have no political motivation or agenda beyond their attempts to defend their illegal businesses.
“If these organizations labeled as terrorist, then they will have to start calling drug users in the U.S. ‘financiers of terrorist organizations’ and the arms dealers ‘suppliers of material for terrorists’.”
While I’m glad to see the drug cartels have such a prominent defender (translated by Google from elimparcial.com), I can’t argue the point about their funding source. Search TTAG’s archives and you’ll see that I’ve recommended that American gun owners refrain from consuming illegal drugs to stop funding this terrorism (and to enhance their personal security).
But I want to be very, very clear on this. Every joint you toke, every line you snort or rock you smoke leads directly to this (via laht.com):
The bodies of 11 people – nine men and two women – were found buried in a field near Ahome, a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, an official told Efe.
A farmer found the bodies Tuesday in shallow graves in the community of Plan de San Luis and called police.
Coroner’s office personnel and prosecutors initially found just three bodies, but a more extensive dig turned up the other human remains.
Investigators have not identified the victims and it is not known when they were killed.
Investigators have found 116 bodies in mass graves outside San Fernando, a city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.
Pragmatically speaking, there is no way to curtail the demand funding these terrorist organizations. (Hint: that shit is addictive.) There’s only one possible recipe to put the drug lords out of business—and it ain’t stopping the flow of FN FiveseveNs and Bushmaster ARs from Bob’s Gun Store to Mexican drug lords, who are just replenishing their supplies anyway.
1. Seal the border. Now. Whatever it takes. No doubt it will takes a big old chunk of the U.S. military. For political reasons, I’d put the troops under the command of the National Guard, but that’s just quibbling. This is a national emergency requiring a federal response.
2. Legalize drugs. I doubt President Obama could or would take the lead on this, or anything else for that matter. Perhaps Mr. Paul and the Tea Party could do the heavy lifting here. Or maybe not. I don’t know. But legalizing drugs would sure as hell help balance the budget.
3. Arm Mexican civilians. Obviously Uncle Sam can’t smuggle arms to Mexican civilians. They’re fully committed to smuggling arms to the drug cartels. Oh wait. They’ve stopped that, haven’t they? Right then. Put ENORMOUS pressure on Mexico to honor its Second Amendment, so that its people can defend itself from narco-terrorists.
Narco-terrorists. It’s got a nice ring to it wouldn’t you say? “Islamic terrorists” sounds so . . . intolerant. (I like “Islamo-Fascists” but that never caught on.) Narco-terrorists sounds like something we ought to be against. And how. Meanwhile, put down that reefer and set aside that blow, would you please?