By Rick Oltman, February 21, 2019
Congressmen Mark Green, M.D. (R-TN) and Chip Roy (R-TX) have written a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the State Department to designate Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Breitbart links to the draft. Congressman Green’s office confirmed to me it will be sent shortly.
This designation as a terrorist organization is long overdue and will highlight for those who still need it, the terror, violence, and suffering that are the result of smuggling tons of drugs into the United States and the internecine cartel warfare that has killed thousands of Mexican citizens, including journalists, politicians, police, and military. The horrendous public murders of these people has long shown that Mexico is a narco-terror state, aided and abetted by many in the Mexican government. “Plata o ploma,” take the silver (payoff) or the lead (get shot.)
With the recent conviction of El Chapo Guzman, I have been researching the Mexican drug cartels. I was already a devotee to the Netflix series “Narcos.” The fourth season “Narcos Mexico” follows the growth and cooperation of the Mexican cartels, propelled to prominence and unbelievable wealth when the Reagan Administration cut off the “Caribbean Corridor” to the Colombian cartels in the mid-1980s and the Sinaloa Cartel became the transporter of both marijuana and cocaine. Miami Vice then became Miami Nice, as one documentary proclaimed.
The dramas, based on actual events, are fictionalized, of course. But the violence and corruption are true. There are now several documentaries available on Netflix, Amazon Prime and elsewhere that give facts and figures for the Mexican cartel violence.
The number of TV shows about El Chapo is surprising. They are available in English and Spanish, and I can only discern that the interest in the cartels and El Chapo, et al,, is watched the way “The Untouchables” were watched 60 years ago, or “The Sopranos” beginning 20 years ago.
I have spent a lot of time on the U.S./Mexican border and have seen a lot on the border with ranchers. We were always armed with rifles, side arms, binoculars, night vision goggles, radios. I have seen hundreds of illegal aliens apprehended and turned over to the Border Patrol. I learned a lot.
I was entertained by the fictional depictions, but even I was shocked by documentaries like El Chapo: CEO of Crime that had U.S. government agents stating facts and figures about the immense corruption and violence.
El Chapo was the tunnel king. One mini-series, El Chapo, has Shorty telling a henchman to kill all the workers who dug his first tunnel under the border from Tecate, Mexico, into southern California, about 15 miles east of the San Ysidro border crossing, so there would be no link back to him. “Don’t kill the engineer,” he instructs his Sicario, because, over a hundred more tunnels were to come.
I remembered the tunnel under the border into a Douglas, Arizona, warehouse just yards from Agua Prieta, Mexico. It was rumored, according to the local U.S. Border Patrol, that a mass grave had been found just south of Agua Prieta and it was presumed they were the workers who dug the tunnel and were then murdered by those who commissioned the tunnel. A DEA agent in one of the documentaries confirms that it was El Chapo who had the Douglas/Agua Prieta tunnel dug.
The Mexican drug cartels are certainly terrorist organizations responsible for mountains of human misery on both sides of the border.
It is long overdue for the U.S. government to deal with these merchants of poison and violence. Both Americans and Mexicans will be safer when we do.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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