Border bloodbath

Elected officials, media too silent about rampant violence so close to America

It’s amazing what a difference an artificial border, a line on a map, can make.

There’s a grotesque war going on just south of the U.S.-Mexican border, with death tolls and horrors and headless bodies that would make Americans recoil if it all were occurring in Afghanistan.

They’re calling it the “Triangle of Death” – an area of northern Mexico near Monterrey bordered by major highways where the recent
discovery of 49 decapitated
bodies dumped by the road was the third such massacre in 10 days.

The unspeakable butchery is the product of Mexican drug cartels fighting each other for dominance – and the Mexican government’s abject failure to get on top of it.

And to think, the Mexican president a couple years ago came to our nation’s capital to lecture us on immigration and human rights. He even issued a travel advisory to Mexicans to avoid Arizona, due to its law requiring law enforcement officers to – nonviolently – check on the immigration status of those they have stopped for other infractions.

Now, there’s the definition of gall.

The violence, of course, is closely connected with America’s insatiable appetite for illegal drugs – a “victimless” crime that nevertheless leaves a trail of red carnage – and this country’s inability to control its border with Mexico.

How many people do you suppose have been killed in the unchecked violence since 2006? Try more than 50,000.

Yet, what do we hear from American news media or elected officials? Where is the concern for the bloodbath across the border? And what about the violence – gun-running, drug-warring, kidnapping and worse – that has been seeping over the border?

Are our policy and news leaders – CNN just camped out near the violence in Syria – laying low and ignoring the war on our border because it might inspire increased passion for border security, which no one in Washington seems to want?

What’s going on?


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