The degree of drug cartel violence that is destroying civil society in Mexico is a serious threat to the Mexican people, the Mexican government and the United States.
Just out of curiosity I looked up the list of what are considered “terrorist organizations” and much to my surprise, the Mexican drug cartel gangs are not listed.
Wait a minute !
People armed with automatic weapons that massacre people daily, assassinate journalists, post threats on bridges of police officers they will kill, that leave piles of heads of the police officers they kill on the side of the road, and use vast quantities of money gained from selling illegal drugs to corrupt the Mexican society sounds like…terrorists?
The drug gangs in Mexico are terrorist organizations.
They are doing to Mexico what the Taliban did to Afghanistan. The only difference is the Taliban claim some twisted religious justification for their murder and mayhem, while the drug gangs are in it just for the money and power.
People running around with automatic weapons shooting up other people is not just organized crime. It is a threat to the very ability of Mexico’s cities, states and federal government to govern their country. How much of Mexico has already been taken over by Mexico’s drug terrorists? How much of the Mexican side of our border is now under the direct control of the Mexican drug terrorists?
The blame for not stopping this is not solely Mexico’s fault.
Every drug dealer and drug user in the United States that uses or sells drugs grown in, processed in, or transported through Mexico is contributing to the violence and death in Mexico and the United States.
We need to start looking at the smuggling of drugs into the United States as a terrorist act, with equivalent penalties. Selling Mexican drugs in the US is also aiding and abetting terrorism in Mexico.
Mexico is way behind the curve in trying to crack down on its terrorist drug gangs, and there isn’t much the United States can really do to help President Calderon’s efforts. We give the Mexican government more guns…they end up being sold to the drug cartels.
But we sure can drive the message home inside our country that if you smuggle Mexican sourced drugs into the US or sell Mexican sourced drugs in the US you are an accomplice to murdering thousands of Mexican citizens. You are also a terrorist.
We must decide that we will not tolerate for one second drug terrorists crossing our borders and killing our people.
Anyone we catch out in the desert with a backpack full of drugs and/or an automatic weapons should be considered a terrorist drug smuggler and dealt with accordingly. Instead of jailing them in a US prison filled with gangs linked to Mexican terrorist organizations…render them to a CIA detention facility in Eastern Europe.