There can be no question that the activities of the Mexican drug cartels are impacting the quality of life across the border in the United States. Phoenix, Arizona is now the kidnapping capital of the country and nearly all the kidnappings are related to either human smuggling and/or drug trafficking ( Arizona Republic, March 4 A-1). The imaginary line called the international border will not shield, nor protect American citizens from the growing holocaust that is presently underway in the narco-terrorist state of Mexico.
In the first ten weeks of 2009, 1,295 Mexican citizens, including 18 children, have fallen victim to the Mexican drug cartels and there is no end in sight. It is hard to not feel empathy for the Mexican people and to fully be cognizant of the fact that these are human beings who have worth, not just statistics on some police blotter. A Mexican publication, Exonline, even maintains an online daily tally of the deaths related to the drug cartels in which a visitor to the web site can mouse over each Mexican state and review the death counts which are broken down by gender and age. http://www.exonline.com.mx/diario/contenido/468598
Mexican authorities are intimately involved in this growing human carnage which is reaching epic proportions. For example, in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Federal Attorney General (PGR) agents discovered a list of approximately 200 police officers who are receiving orders from Los Zetas, the notorious “enforcers” of the local Gulf drug cartel. According to the report, the cartel pays out an annual $6 million dollars in hush money to local police officers in order to operate their drug trafficking, unabated, in the state of Tabasco (http://www.informador.com.mx/)
“There are 11 million illlegal citizens in this nation now unemployed and the count grows daily.” ( http://www.nationalleadershipenterprise.org/). Who will employ these unfortunate people? It is not likely that all 11 million will return home to an economy that is in far worse shape than the United States. How many will feel compelled to go to work for these cartels within our own borders because they are out of economic options? Exactly, who are these drug cartels? Soon, their names will be a part of the American lexicon. We should be mindful of the fact that these drug cartels will not just employ Mexican nationals who are here illegally. America’s underclass will undoubtedly fall under their control, as American children, if not already, will be wearing their colors and look to the cartels as a source of income. For the record, the names of the six major Mexican drug cartels are Cartel de Sinaloa, Cartel del Golfe, Cartel de Juarez, Cartel de Tijuana, Cartel de Oaxaca and Cartel de Milenio (http://www.exonline.com.mx/diario/contenido/468598). Meanwhile, Obama “fiddles” with the notion of putting troops on the border while the crisis increases with each passing moment.
Do you remember when the popular television show 24, airing on Fox, devoted an entire season to a plot involving a notorious Mexican drug cartel which expended tremendous energy and resources to obtain a nuclear weapon presumably to blackmail or use against the United States for interfering in their drug activities? The savior of the country and star of the show, Jack Bauer, was able to stop the threat, but Bauer is mythical; the threat of the drug cartels is very real.
Dave Hodges is a psychology and statistics instructor as well as a college basketball coach. He is also the host of the radio talk show, The Common Sense Show, which airs on over 50 stations, on satellite and world wide on the internet. Dave's show airs on Sunday evenings from 9-11PM Central time. The Common Sense Show can be accessed live at http://republicbroadcasting.org/.