As I was reading John McCaslin's January 31, 2008 "Inside the Beltway" column, I came across an interesting bit of information on how Mexico is developing into a dangerous war zone. Here's a look:
For safety's sake, the State Department recommends that Americans not travel to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia, among other nations. (Given that the Taliban is spreading its roots in Pakistan, you might think twice about a holiday there, too.)
Now we learn from Texas Rep. Ted Poe that the Texas Department of Public Safety this week issued its own travel warning: "Due to the increased rising level of violence in Mexico — which is attributed to drug cartels, violent criminal organizations, and increased presence of military personnel in some Mexican border communities — it is recommended that persons be discouraged from traveling to Mexican border towns ... Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, Reynosa, Rio Bravo, Miguel Aleman, and Ciudad Juarez."
Meanwhile, U.S. Army officials at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, have actually declared travel to Juarez off-limits for U.S. military personnel.
"In other words," Mr. Poe, a Republican, points out, "Fort Bliss, the United States Army, they can go to Iraq, they can go to Afghanistan, but they can't go to Juarez right across the river because it is too dangerous."
While Hillary, Obama, and McCain might think that it's in their best interest to woo the Hispanic/Latino votes by advocating more open borders or a more "humane" immigration bill to secure the nomination in their respective parties, I believe that they should pay attention to this bit of news and various other accounts from Mexico and realize that such decisions might wreak far more harm on this country than what has occurred with the influx of some 12 million illegal aliens.
*Aside from the horrific violence that is occurring within Mexico between these cartels, there's a lot of documentation of an exponential growth of violence that has been inflicted on the state of California by the influx Latino gangs, which include native born and recent immigrants(Most likely illegals or members of the Mexican cartel expanding into the region.), into LA. To gather a greater understanding of such a growth in violence and terror, I highly recommend you go out and buy Tony Rafael's excellent book The Mexican Mafia.