Blood along the American-Mexican border

Jerry Seper’s Oct. 13 article detailing the murders of Mexican investigators probing the apparent shooting death of American jet-skier David Hartley along the Rio Grande tells of another terrible domino in the apparently inexorable march toward anarchy in the U.S.-Mexican border region (“Mexican official leading probe of Texan’s death reported killed,” Page 1). Tragically, both the American and Mexican federal governments appear blind to the ever-increasing spilling of blood. Our government’s response demonstrates little care even when our own citizens are killed.

The growing geographic and binational political hegemony of armed narcotics- and alien-smuggling groups and transnational criminal gangs infesting the cities of both countries must be checked, then dramatically reduced. If it is not, the Mexican government may not just return to the days of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) looking the other way for a bribe, but rather the cartels will become the government because they will monopolize wealth and mete out security only to those within their sphere of influence.

What appears needed for Mexico is a “Plan Colombia”-style counterinsurgency operation. That strategy reduced the operational effectiveness of the cocaine-dealing communist insurgent group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in the northern tip of South America a decade age. Our border region with Mexico may not have that much time left.

While such an effort may help Mexico, at the end of the day, it is our survival that hangs in the balance. The United States cannot continue to absorb millions of Third World people who make a historical claim on our land and are increasingly hostile to our culture and existence. The recent movie “Machete,” which turns the displacement by Mexicans of every other ethnic group in the Southwest on its head, is a shocking instance of revisionism. At some point, we Americans must make an effort to retain our hard-fought freedoms and hard-earned affluence.

CHRISTOPHER MAXWELL

Ventura, Calif.

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