The talk of sending U.S. troops to Mexico is mostly emotional reaction to the senseless murders of nine U.S. citizens just south of the border.
It shouldn’t be. The brutal deaths of these Americans are but a drop in the blood bucket of annual murders in our lawless nation to the south. The country is on a record pace this year to lose 30,000 people to homicide.
We are graciously calling it a nation, though its government is merely a naro state run by drug cartels that infiltrate and control public institutions. Governance is by gunshot. For Americans, Mexico offers idyllic beaches, a rich culture, awesome sunsets and a pretty good chance of getting killed. More Americans are murdered in Mexico than in all foreign countries combined.
The travel advisories have ramped up since the murders of the nine women and children this week. They’re still pretty tepid and, at the federal level, still remind people that the Mexican government provides extra security in tourist areas.
Sorry, the Mexican government couldn’t secure a ten-ton boulder to the desert floor.
Americans who travel to Mexico should be reminded that there may be a suicide exclusion in their life insurance policies because that’s what awaits. Even in safe little Rocky Point, Arizona’s closest Mexican getaway, the body count is nearing 50 from a mass grave found a couple of weeks ago.
This situation is not just bad for the people who die and their relatives. It’s bad for Mexico. As a southern neighbor and a major trade partner, Mexico’s lack of government control is very bad for the national interests of the United States. So what’s the U.S. to do? Obviously, it wields great consumer power as the buyer for almost all the illicit drugs fueling the cartels. Equally obvious is that drug users aren’t going to boycott the producers.
The Wall? It’s a reminder of the importance of border security but not a solution by itself. Border security falls to Congress and Congress is busy with many other, more important things. Probably.
What of Mexico itself, the country beyond the border? Isolation of a major trade partner isn’t practical or good practice. The country needs help of the military kind from the U.S., the kind already rejected.
We’re reminded that Mexico wasn’t seeking U.S. help just over a century ago during the Mexican Revolution. The U.S. military provided assistance anyway, intervening to help return the country to stability.
The interests of the United States will not allow it to stand idle as its neighbor and trade partner becomes a puppet state run by murders, thugs and drugrunners.
— Today’s News-Herald