Friday, November 11, 2011

Mexican Secretary Of The Interior Francisco Blake Mora Dies In "Helicopter Crash"; American Intervention In The War Against The Cartels Now Justified

Mexico is now reporting that Mexican Secretary of the Interior Francisco Blake Mora, the No. 2 official in the country, died on Friday November 11th, 2011 in a helicopter crash at the age 45. Seven others aboard the chopper also perished. Mexican spokeswoman Alejandra Sota said Secretary Blake Mora died when the helicopter crashed in Morelos state, just outside of Mexico City. Secretary Blake Mora was to meet with prosecutors in Morelos state. President Felipe Calderon appointed him as interior secretary in July 2010.

Authorities are investigating; the French-manufactured THP06 Super Puma helicopter was made in 1987 and had logged 717 hours of flight. So far, no foul play is suspected, as investigators think turbulence from a commercial airliner was the probable cause. It is the second time that Calderon has lost an interior minister to an air crash. In November 2008, Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino died in a Learjet crash in Mexico City; that crash was blamed on "wake turbulence". President Calderon sought to spike rumors about cartel sabotage by saying that cloudy conditions along the flight path pointed to a possible weather-related accident, and added that the helicopter was closely protected on the ground by the presidential guard and had been recently serviced.

One might be tempted just to write this off as an accident, except Secretary Blake Mora was the point man in the Mexican government's war against the drug cartels. He also led the push to clean up Mexico's notoriously corrupt state and local police forces. Blake Mora frequently traveled to violence-torn cities for meetings with besieged state and local security officials, promising to step up the presence of troops and federal police in violent areas, and not leave until drug gang members there were caught. He even announced a five-point initiative to investigate the crimes and to increase security, including the federal monitoring of buses such as those used by the migrant victims. Thus Blake Mora would be a top target for the cartels.

The cartels have demonstrated an uncanny ability to take out police chiefs and police officers throughout the country, particularly in the northern states. The cartels also corrupt public officials through bribery by paying them more than their employers; according to one report, the cartels pay Mexican military members on the Progreso Bridge in the Rio Grande Valley $5,000 per week to let drug shipments through. Consequently, in my opinion, there is NO WAY IN HELL that this was an "accident". I believe we will find out that the helicopter was sabotaged in some way, and that representatives of the cartels were behind it.

If it is found that the helicopter was sabotaged, then the cartels have now stepped up their insurgency to levels imposing a serious threat to the security of the United States. Consequently, it would be appropriate for the U.S. government to consider sending troops into northern Mexico in an all-out effort to wipe the cartels off the face of the earth. To avoid overloading our military, this would be accompanied by a incremental withdrawal of all American forces from areas not vital to our national security, like Kosovo and the Middle East. There is no rationale in continuing to try to civilize Afghan ragheads who cannot and will not be civilized; even Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who we personally installed, recently showed his "gratitude" by saying he would side with Pakistan if they went to war against the United States. Good God, people, the Brits couldn't civilize the Afghans, and neither could the Soviets; what makes us think we'll be any different? And as far as Israel's security is concerned, Israel has over 300 nukes; its neighbors will think twice before launching a general attack on Israel because Israel has said they will use nukes to repel a general attack. We've been holding Israel's hand for 63 years, and that's long enough.

Of course, the optimal situation would be to intervene in Mexico with the active permission of and collaboration with the Mexican government. Mexican and U.S troops could operate side by side to root out the cartels. Each American unit could have a Mexican liaison officer assigned, provided the officer was properly vetted to ensure no hidden connection with the cartels. However, if the Mexican government refuses to voluntarily allow such an operation, I would have no qualms about American troops intervening without Mexican permission. No nation requires another nation's permission to protect itself. Russia provided a recent precedence for such action by their intervention in neighboring Georgia. Besides, Mexican cartel activity has spilled over into the southern U.S.; according to one report, cartels are paying bank presidents in the U.S. to launder money. Business owners aren't given a choice; the hitmen move in if they don't cooperate.

To his credit, Rick Perry is the only presidential candidate who's declared that he's open to the possibility of intervening in Mexico.

But intervention would work best only with a change in our internal war against drugs. First, we must sever marijuana from other drugs; the effects of marijuana are not as severe as other drugs. Dopers don't mug people and invade homes to get money for marijuana; they commit those acts to get money for crack, cocaine, and heroin, all of which are far more addicting.

Then we must ratchet up the war against other drugs. Possession and sale of other drugs should be declared a Federal crime; life imprisonment at hard labor and execution must be penalties levied against the biggest dealers. While there is a "safe" level of use for marijuana, there is NO safe level of use for any other recreational drug. If we need to compromise on marijuana to eradicate other drugs, then we do it.

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