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March 31, 2011

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Interesting to see that Sen. Cornyn is the cooler head in this situation. I agree that labeling the cartels as "terrorists" is oversimplifying the situation. Rep. McCaul appears to be beating a convenient drum for political gain. I'm waiting for a Texas politician to propose some real solutions, but I may be waiting in vain. I hope not.

Sylvia, thank you for pointing this out, but perhaps you are being naive in witholding support for this proposed legislation. The United States needs to take action to protect the interests of our citizenry. It appears that the UN is finally taking notice of the bloodshed in Mexico and perhaps the legislation of Rep. McCaul will add weight to the process.
"Antonio Acosta, head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, said that Central American and Caribbean countries "are trapped in the cross fire of drugs and arms." Acosta points out that one-half of the world's cocaine is consumed in the United States and the entire annual production is located in South America."
http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2011/03/firepower-dope-and-bloodshed-mexico.html

Within the borders of Mexico, the cartels have certainly committed many acts that are similar to what terrorist groups do. Indeed, the people of Mexico are being "terrorized" by these drug dealers. However, the cartels are also being very clever and keeping a low profile within the USA. The few incidents of brutal behavior in the USA are usually limited to people who ripped off the cartels over deals involving drugs (or profits from drug deals).

Therefore, can we simply declare them to be terrorists just because they instill fear in Mexico, but they don't do it in the USA? Why isn't Calderon considering talking this step ... since his own people are directly affected?

And for that matter, what stops us from declaring the Cosa Nostra to be terrorists, or even gangs of violent bank robbers? Surely we cannot extend the definition of "terrorism" to all types of criminals, just because they are unusually violent?

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