Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Mexican Mess
While the major media, politicians and pundits seem to occupy themselves recently with the economy and far off foreign affairs issues, (VUI pleads guilty as such with the previous post), there is a storm brewing in the backyard of the United States. Mexico is on the verge of being a failed state.
Throughout Mexico, criminal gangs are taking more and more authority and making the government of Mexico appear weak and unable to control the situation. The failure of the Mexican government to provide law and order is obvious in the city of Juarez, which is a large city that is close the Texas border.
Thousands have died in recent months in Juarez due to the criminal gang violence. The streets are simply not safe there. The police chief of Juarez recently resigned under the gang pressure. Local political and police leaders are threatened, assassinations attempts are being made against them and their families, and chaos is ruling.
The chaos in northern Mexico has been so bad recently that Texas Governor Rick Perry asked for help from the Department of Homeland Security, and asked his state legislature, in these hard economic times, to find money for the state to beef up border security on its own. From various published reports, Governor Perry wants the federal government to provide Texas with 1000 "boots on the ground" to protect Texas from chaos overflow.
The Mexican government has pledged thousands of troops and federal police to the region. Frankly, it is debatable how effective that move will be. With the widespread corruption and fear throughout Mexico, who really knows where loyalties will land when the matter is decided?
The Mexican Mess, as VUI dubs it, is probably the child of the neglect of the United States in dealing with Mexico,indeed all of Latin America, with the proper attention over the past few years and the need of so called "progressive" American political figures to push for lax borders and immigration laws.
Thus, the Mexican Mess offers a brewing storm. The Mexican government is on the verge of collapse and losing sense of order. The millions of Mexican people living in the United States will certainly take an interest. Add to that the failure of the United States to secure its border, and a situation is born in which the criminal gang wars in the streets of Mexico could easily spread to Texas and beyond.
Now more than ever, it is time for the United States to get serious about border security and immigration reform. For nearly eight years, the United States has correctly worried about Islamic fascist terrorists. However, it is time for the United States to address the problem that is in its backyard.
If the United States does not, there is a the chance of serious unrest in Texas, and opportunities for enemies of the United States to move in and control our neighbor to the South. Do not doubt for one moment that those sharks VUI mentioned in the previous post are not watching the Mexican Mess and trying to figure out a way to use it to hurt the United States.