Wednesday, January 25, 2006

 

Drug Run Thwarted At Mexican Border

Whether official Mexico is involved or not, its an act of war

An armed incursion into the US from Mexico was turned back:
U.S. law-enforcement authorities confronted several men in Mexican military uniforms and a camouflaged Humvee with .50-caliber machine guns who had crossed into Texas with suspected drug smugglers 50 miles southeast of El Paso, forcing an armed standoff along the Rio Grande, says a Texas sheriff.

Hudspeth County, Texas, Sheriff Arvin West said the incident began at 2:19 p.m. Monday when his deputies -- working as part of an anti-drug smuggling enforcement initiative known as 'Operation Linebacker' -- pursued three SUVs spotted driving north from a border area along the Rio Grande near Interstate 10.

Sheriff West said the pursuit, which began near Sierra Blanca, Texas, ended for one of the vehicles when it blew out a tire and the driver fled. He said deputies seized 1,400 pounds of marijuana from that vehicle.

As the southbound chase continued for the other two SUVs, he said the deputies and at least two Texas Department of Public Safety troopers who had joined in the pursuit encountered several men on the U.S. side of the border dressed in what he described as battle dress uniforms (BDUs). He said they 'appeared to be soldiers, in a Humvee vehicle with what appeared to the officers as being .50-caliber machine guns.'
Michelle Malkin has much more. Jason observes:
Proof positive: (1) that the Border Control is doing a very good job, and (2) that their effectiveness is increasing as time marches on.

Otherwise, there would be no need for those drug and alien smuggler-bots to bring in mercenary muscle.
Perhaps Jayson is right about Border Control's increasing effectiveness. But this shouldn't be mistaken for evidence that Border Control is doing a 'very good job.' I'm sure they are doing the best they can under the circumstances. But clearly it isn't enough. Not even close.

Also, Jayson is wrong to assume that mercenaries are protecting drug shipments into the US. It could be something more sinister:
‘‘We've had armed showdowns with the Mexican army,'' said a border agent who spoke on condition of anonymity. ‘‘These aren't just ex-military guys. These are Mexican army officials assisting drug smugglers.''

In one 2000 incident, more than 16 Mexican soldiers were arrested by border agents in a small town west of El Paso, in Santa Teresa, N.M., after Mexican soldiers fired on the agents, said T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing the agents.

None of the agents was injured in the gun battle, and U.S. State Department officials forced the border agents to release the soldiers and return them to Mexico with their weapons, Bonner added.

‘‘If (Mexico) is going to put military across our border to threaten our guys, and if their own government can't control it, then we should be treating this as an act of war,'' he said.
It is an act of war. We should put an end to this situation -- one way or another.

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