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Do not attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity

4 March 2011

That it turns out a U.S. agent was killed with guns “let through” the border by his own agency — leading to calls by the United States to give their agents diplomatic status and the special protection granted to diplomats is… well… shall we just say “in need of more work”.

While at one time, the Mexican government did acquiesce in demands that U.S. agents be allowed to carry their guns while in the Republic, that was back when the amount of guns flowing in from the North was a trickle, and there were only about 50 DEA agents (and ICE hadn’t been thought of yet) running around Mexico… or, rather, sitting in offices, around Mexico. As it is, there may not be a causal relationship, but it seems the more U.S. agents in Mexico, the more guns come through, and the higher the likelihood of some U.S. agent getting killed.  But, I suppose, if they do have diplomatic protection, it at least means they won’t be running around undercover (undercover with diplomatic police around them?) and might just keep them out of harm’s way.

Anyway, Obama is in full Woodrow Wilson mode — demanding the extradition of the alleged shooter of the U.S. agent to the United States (although it might make more sense to extradite whoever allowed the gun that killed the agent to pass through to Mexico to be extradited here for smuggling, if not being the autor intelectual of the murder), and I wouldn’t be too surprised to see this outrageous demand condemned by all political sectors, left, right and center within Mexico.

It’s not that I think there was any intention on the part of whomever thought it was a good idea to let weapons through the border, and see whose hands they’d end up in. There’s nothing particularly wrong with tracking contraband to trace the network by which it is smuggled.  But we aren’t talking about antiquities or currency, which can — at least in theory — be returned to the rightful owners.  The problem is they never considered, and for which there should be severe retribution, was the negligence in assuming that firearms smuggled into Mexico weren’t going to be used against human beings.  What is called murder — and was a foreseeable consequence of the “intelligence” [sic] operation.  It didn’t matter that the bullets from that particular gun happened to kill a United States secret agent… they killed a human being in Mexico, the same as other guns, which the United States government could, and should, have stopped.



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