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Even before the bodies were counted in Aurora, Colo., and the injured brought to area hospitals, Americans were treated to what Reuters described as a “condemnation” of our gun laws by no less than President of Mexico Felipe Calderon.
No, we weren’t “treated” by what Calderon said. We were insulted.
Calderon was referring to the Colorado movie theater shootings and the deaths of 12 people and injuries to nearly 60, many critical.
The Mexican president said our gun laws are “mistaken” and that our government should review them, specifically, “Because of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, the American Congress must review its mistaken legislation on guns. It’s doing damage to us all.”
This, from a politician who just lost his re-election bid.
This, from an outgoing president of a country bordering on ours, who during his tenure in office saw the dramatic escalation of the drug wars, the enormous increase in the power of the cartels, and the killing of more than 55,000 people in his country in the last five years!
And he’s telling us (U.S.) what to do?!?!?
I don’t know how to say chutzpah in Spanish.
Calderon has repeatedly pressed the U.S. to revive a ban on assault weapons and also to stop, what he calls, the flow of arms from the U.S. to Mexico, which he says perpetuates drug violence.
Evidence shows there was a flow of weapons across the border, instigated and facilitated by the Obama administration – remember “Fast and Furious”? – which allowed – no, really forced – weapons to be sold in this country to fronts, who would take them to Mexico.
The administration is doing all it can to cover it up, even though at least two American agents were killed with some of those weapons. And, it didn’t do a thing to stop the violence or to slow drug trafficking.
Consider that barely two weeks ago, four drug tunnels were discovered under the Mexico/U.S. border near San Diego/Tijuana as well as San Luis and Nogales.
They were not some underground burrowing.
They had lights, ventilation, floors and a rail system. Clearly, it took money, planning and know-how to construct them with the goal for long-term use to move contraband.
Near the entry of one tunnel in a Tijuana warehouse, more than 40 tons of marijuana were found.
These passages, which extend underground into the United States, are used to facilitate the movement of not only marijuana but also heroin and pills and often, human trafficking.
It’s a dirty business and clearly, for Mexico, it’s out of control. Yet to hear Calderon, it’s our fault.
But let’s take a closer look at Mexico. The rival cartels battle and kill each other as well as thousands of innocent Mexican citizens – to say nothing of thousands of others, including police officials, judges, journalists and anyone else deemed to threaten to illegal operations which bring in, literally billions of dollars a year.
Since Calderon was elected president, there’s been war on journalists; 48 have been killed or disappeared. According to Carlos Lauria, who’s coordinator for the Americas of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the “media work in a climate of fear and intimidation that is leading to rampant censorship.”
The Arizona Daily Star reports that El Manana de Nuevo Laredo announced it will no longer write about violence between criminal groups.
The morning before the announcement, the newspaper’s building was hit with an explosive, apparently a grenade. It was the second time in two months.
What was that about “fear and intimidation”?
But there will be a new president in Mexico as of December. Enrique Pena Nieto will take over, despite reports of vote irregularities, allegations of vote buying and challenges to the count.
Things should be better, yes?
Two weeks ago, in the State of Mexico, just outside of Mexico City, there was a horrific attack by a group of armed gunmen on a church group, which was on a camp out/retreat.
Over several hours, the young people were subjected to a rampage of horrors; boys were beaten, girls were raped and all were robbed. The McClatchy newspapers reported that when the gunmen left, the young people wrapped themselves in blankets and walked five miles for help.
Until a few months ago, when his term ended and he ran for president, Pena Nieto was governor of the State of Mexico.
Human rights organizations report that during his tenure, there was an “alarming” increase in the killings and rape of women. The National Citizen’s Observatory of Female Murders says there was “a systematic pattern of violence against women, triggered by a lack of investigation, prosecution and punishment.”
The group says there were 1,003 women killed during Pena Nieto’s term, with half unsolved and largely not investigated. They report that last year, on average, two women a day were killed or went missing in Mexico.
Amnesty International calls it alarming.
It makes you wonder if this attitude, which was rampant when Pena Nieto was governor, will spread countrywide when he’s president.
Things like this are virtually ignored in this country, and the administration continues to blur the border. The latest is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with Mexico to increase usage of U.S. food stamps.
Yes, I said that.
There’s a partnership to educate and promote all the food-stamp programs available for Mexicans in this country, supposedly only legal immigrants.
But it’s been made clear, that’s not important to the Obama administration. They’re well on the way to erasing the border entirely.
That should simplify things.
Everybody, repeat after me: Press 1 for Spanish!
See! It’s easy!