Like everyone else, I’m having trouble getting my comments to post. So here’s a response to this comment left on the post where I advocated a military response to Mexican troops entering US territory and drawing weapons on the US Border Patrol.
Just curious, but if US military or LE persons were to be caught entering Mexico illegally in a similar manner, (mexico’s law of course) and an ensuing fight killed the Americans, what would you say then?
Response: To be clear, a very large part of my reasoning here is based on past action (and inaction) on the part of the Mexican military and police.
If the US had a de facto policy of assisting illegal border crossers (including criminals and drug dealers) and a corrupt system that encouraged illegal crossings, with a history of aiding the criminals to enter Mexico illegally to do illegal things, with many examples of doing nothing to help secure things, and THEN American troops entered Mexico and pulled guns on Mexican authorities, I’d say the US troops were fair game.
But that’s not at all what we’re talking about here, and everyone knows it.
If, on the other hand, Mexican authorities appeared to be honestly doing the best they could, even if it wasn’t terribly effective, and they had a history of going out of their way to help our government stem the flow and had always been very conscious of the border and the situation and THEN Mexican troops crossed the border and pulled guns on our Border Patrol in an honest misunderstanding of some sort, I’d say it was probably an honest mistake and let’s clear it up and move on.
But that’s also not at all what we’re talking about here, and everyone knows it.