The Obama faction and its servile media claque continue to play politics with the interconnected issues of border security and enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. Meanwhile, facts are finally being shared with the public about the interconnection between terrorism and drug trafficking:
Amid growing concern about the illicit drug trade across the U.S.-Mexico border, the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas have been linked to South American drug-trafficking organizations – and the money Hezbollah and Hamas make from narco-trafficking is used to finance their organizations, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.
"International terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah, have also reportedly raised funding for their terrorist activities through linkages formed with DTOs in South America, particularly those operating in the tri-border area of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina," stated CRS in an April 30 report.
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I first began to gain some insight into this connection years ago, when I served for a time on President Reagan's National Security Council staff. That was during William Clark's tenure as national-security adviser. Anthony Placido, the assistant administrator for intelligence at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, testified accurately when he told the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee: "It is important to note that this is not an emerging threat per se, but one that has existed since the late 1980s or early 1990s."
Tragically for America, the interconnection between the netherworlds of terror and the drug trade raises embarrassing issues for politicians on both sides of the sham two-party system who have colluded in policies that neglect border security and connive at making the world safe for illegal immigration into the U.S. To play on the always-susceptible moral sensibility of many Americans, they like to portray the situation in purely economic terms, involving well-meaning people seeking jobs and a better life in America. They have systematically played down (read, in some cases, consciously lied about) the gravely threatening elements mixed in with those well-meaning job seekers.
It's well-known by now that the drug traffickers have turned portions of the U.S.-Mexico border into a no-man's-land, where law enforcement by either government is weak to nonexistent. When I read of the shootouts and assassinations now altogether common in those areas, I cannot help but think of the collapse of authority along its frontiers that signaled the decay of the Roman Empire in ancient times. Now the United States, distinguished from Rome as the greatest republic of all time, has been misled by our viciously self-serving elites into a situation of similar decay, especially along our southern border.
Just as the enervation of Rome's borders admitted threatening forces that eventually brought death and destruction to the heart of the empire, so the lax supervision of U.S. borders has admitted threatening forces that now lie in wait in cities and towns throughout America for the call that will mobilize them to attack the public places and activities that form the heart of our economic and social life. Shopping centers, restaurants, office malls, metro stations – the next era of terrorist assault will aim at the vulnerable core of the pervasive sense of personal security that we are still privileged to take too much for granted in the U.S. The result will be the kind of fear and anxiety I remember in the Washington, D.C., area during the famous random sniper attacks several years ago, only spread through metro areas all over the country.
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For years I have pointed out in my speeches that if some people can enter the country illegally to take our jobs, others can do so to take our lives. But some politicians (including the so-called libertarians who these day parrot the destructive leftist rejection of common-sense "peace through strength" security strategies) have ignored this reality, speaking foolishly as if the vulnerability created by lax border supervision only attracts benign exploitation. These same sadly foolish (or shrewdly malicious) voices want people to believe that the U.S. faces no systematic, global threat from a network of malignant adversaries.
These adversaries may have different primal motivations (greed, hatred, Islamic fanaticism, political resentment), but in practice they have mutually reinforcing needs and assets. Terror may be the organizational rubric for the Islamic fanatics, but it is an organizational instrument for the drug traffickers. The drug lords value border crossings and tunnels as conduits for drug trafficking, but the money they can make on the side transporting human cargo is the same whether it comes from job seekers or terrorist cadre.
As they push forward their bills to implement open borders and amnesty for illegals, the figureheads of the sham two-party system will continue to pretend that they are not dealing with a national-security issue. But facts well-known to people with some national-security experience are now becoming more broadly known to the public at large. Tea-party activists, real conservatives and indeed anyone who cares for the peace and safety of our individual lives and public places must insist that the lying cease. Border security and immigration are in the first instance national-security issues. They require the clear-eyed, tough-minded insistence on accurate facts, careful reasoning and effective implementation that are properly expected when dealing with the U.S. government's responsibility for the country's survival.
If that tough standard also involves showing the door to the leaders who have carelessly (or ruthlessly) played politics with our national safety, then we should do so, and hustle them out the door if they are reluctant to go. Keep that in mind this November, and in all the Novembers to come. That way, historians already looking to chronicle America's rise and fall will just have to settle for half the story.