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Column 092908 Brewer

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mexico's Sovereignty Is Essential to U.S. Interests

By Jerry Brewer

The United States not only shares a southern border of around 2,100 miles with its Mexican neighbors, but also a sort of quasi-familial link due to history and migration, an alliance that is certainly an important factor to freedom and democracy in the Western Hemisphere.  And anyone turning a blind eye to the conditions of near anarchy that pose such a threat to Mexico does so with selfish interests, or at a minimum a contrite spirit.

The common border between the two nations is certainly more than just conflict on illegal Mexican citizens crossing into the United States for a more stable life and the opportunity to work hard for a better wage. It must be seen and exist as a border of two sovereign nations sharing basic freedoms from oppression, leftist dictatorships and domination, and the ritual slaughter of innocent victims.

Too, police, government officials and other representatives of democratically elected government and authority are hunted prey by organized criminals in Mexico.  These criminal organizations influenced and reportedly linked to leftist regimes and Middle Eastern terrorists.

The death toll in Mexico related to these narcoterrorists and related alliances resulted in around 2,500 drug-related murders in 2007 alone.  The first half of 2008 shows a reported 323 kidnappings in Mexico City alone.  Women and children have not been spared by the cowardly acts of murder and other senseless acts of violence. 

Mexico struggles with symptoms of anarchy as most of its people valiantly attempt to stand against sophisticated weaponry and paramilitary insurgents employed by drug cartels, and common acts of out and out terrorism against the government and its people.  This state of lawlessness, non-recognition of authority, corruption, and overall chaos has a suffering nation questioning their future existence, safety and welfare, as well as the government's ability to respond and recover.

No one clearly seeing the plight of Mexico, even through rose-colored glasses, can ignore the symptoms of an existing powder keg within the country, one that also points south towards Central and South America.  Much of the insurgency nurtured by rogue leftist regimes that refuse to be part of a solution that would create a safer Latin America and gain greater recognition of human rights.  In contrast, the move is towards denying and destroying basic freedoms of the people as the apparent mission, and valuing human life is definitely not on their agenda.

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has brought no hope to democracies within the Western Hemisphere with the purchase of massive arms, weaponry, and his ritual association with Russian, Iranian, Cuban, and other leftist government officials.  Chavez's recent comments regarding his inviting the Russian military to his nation, under the guise of joint training and maneuvers, do nothing to dispel the alarm.  Chavez proclaimed the Russian presence was "crucial to Latin American security." This false rhetoric does not fool hemispheric residents who have suffered, and who know the facts and history of Soviet and Cuban influence in their regions.  The Chavez government has become a growing threat to the stability of Latin America.

The United States is not oblivious to the threats, and the powder keg that exist in Mexico and neighboring countries.  The handwriting on the wall is clearly in fountains of spilled blood.  Of course much diplomacy, effective dialogue, and strategic unity in action is necessary to confront the aggressive dictatorial regimes that are against the basic rights to freedom.  Too, Islamic and other radicalized terrorists linked to the region, as well as guerrillas and other forms of hostile paramilitary forces, require sound intelligence and strategic operational acts to counter them.

The United States has announced and committed its dedication and loyalty to its southern and Caribbean neighbors to identify and counter the threats posed to citizens and democratic states.  Targets will be illicit traffickers of persons, drugs, and weapons.  The United States further proposes to develop long-term solutions to the vulnerabilities of the region exploited by organized crime and drug trafficking cartels, while "marshalling resources in common response to those challenges."

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Jerry Brewer is Vice President of Criminal Justice International Associates, a global risk mitigation firm headquartered in Miami, Florida.