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May 23rd, 2011
By Dan Miller
Israel has been foolhardy in her selfish opposition to President Obama’s wise demands that our Palestinian comrades be given more lebensraum in Israel as well as the human rights they deserve. More pressure and less dithering are needed. However, Israel is not the only culprit. Mexico, our neighbor and great ally to the south, is even more at fault; similar demands for reform there should be made and, should Mexico fail to yield, she must be punished. If President Obama is not up to the task, he should call upon that great former president and peacemaker, Jimmy Carter, a man perhaps uniquely comfortable with the concepts of human rights and territory redistribution.
It is, of course, beyond dispute that the Palestinians need additional territory from which to pursue their own versions of peace with a hostile and bloodthirsty Israel. Their praiseworthy efforts have, unfortunately, met with only limited success and they continue to suffer. The same is true of Mexican freedom fighters such as the Zeta Club, which has made heroic strides in limiting violence among rival gangs. The many illegal Latin American immigrants we welcome to the United States because of the blessings they confer have also suffered greatly, despite the Zeta Club’s efforts to assist them. Still, much more is needed.
Last month, the National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, Mexico’s equivalent of an ombudsman’s office, identified 71 cities in 16 of the country’s 32 states that are considered dangerous for Mexican and foreign migrants headed to the United States.
“Kidnappings, abuse, extortion, robberies and sexual attacks on migrants have been documented” in the 71 cities, the CNDH said in a statement.
An estimated 300,000 Central Americans and 400,000 Mexicans undertake the dangerours [sic] journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States.
About 20,000 Central Americans were kidnapped by organized crime groups, which extorted money from them or forced them to join their gangs, the CNDH said in a report released last year.
Now, the United States, I believe, is blessed to have one of the largest Spanish-speaking populations in the world. And Latinos are the fastest-growing group in our country. We are interdependent, and we have to deal with the real questions that interdependence poses. Take immigration, for example. I know that makes some people anxious, but it has long been a source of our vitality and our innovative spirit. And that’s why, as President Obama said yesterday in El Paso, we are committed to comprehensive immigration reform.
The solution is obvious and in her recent address Secretary Clinton may have dropped a hint with her mentions of El Paso and President Obama’s recent
campaign stop major presidential address there. This offers great hope that President Obama himself will soon find time in his hectic schedule to announce and to support it. We all know that Yes, He Can.
The solution is a simple one: the Zeta Club must now have its own country, within Mexico and on her border with the United States. A win-win-win proposition, this will help to tame violence among rival gangs, lead to a democratic government with powers shared among them as well as facilitate more illegal immigrant blessings for the United States; we owe no less to our future voters who yearn for a Democratic society. True, there are some who consider the Zeta Club to be a terror organization and they may to some minor degree be correct. However, as President Obama wisely said when he addressed the AIPAC Conference,
No matter how hard it may be to start meaningful negotiations under current circumstances, we must acknowledge that a failure to try is not an option. The status quo is unsustainable.
Chihuahua Province, where Ciudad Juarez is located just across the U.S. border from El Paso, Texas, will be a fine province for the Zeta Club. The city is already controlled by rival gangs, mainly the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels; with international support the Zeta Nation of peacemakers can set them straight.
The Mexican Government under President Calderon has tried to combat gang warfare with military might; that is the wrong approach because might never makes right; it has not been completely successful.
Ciudad Juarez will be the destination next month of an anti-violence march headed by poet and activist Javier Sicilia, who has launched a movement aimed at sharply reducing the violence resulting from turf wars among rival drug cartels in numerous states and a government offensive against the gangs.
Sicilia, whose son was killed earlier this year by suspected cartel gunmen, is calling for Calderon’s “militarist strategy” to be replaced by a citizen safety initiative.
Calderon’s critics contend that his strategy has only triggered an increasingly violent response from drug traffickers, who are known for brutal tactics such as hanging their decapitated rivals from bridges in urban areas.
Federal forces also have been accused of rights violations, but the government says it is essential that they play the lead role in combating the cartels due to widespread corruption among law enforcement at the local and state level.
Conflicts among rival drug cartels and between criminals and the security forces have claimed 40,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006, when Calderon militarized the struggle against the drug trade shortly after taking office.
To bring peace, Zeta will need de jure as well as de facto governmental control of the entire province, as its own separate nation. Entitled to copious foreign aid and other assistance from the United States, wonders will be wrought. Juarez is already hailed as Mexico’s Murder Capital and Zeta can do much more to enhance its prestige. The United States must do her utmost to support this project and to promote the blessings it will give us by turning all functions of the U.S. Border Patrol over to fully empathetic la Raza.
With Chihuahua Province as its own country, perhaps to be named Zeta, el Garotte or even Zero, the humanitarian Zetas and former rival gangs will make no further territorial claims on Mexico. Claims for territory within the United States may, of course, be made and the ball will then be in President Obama’s court. These legitimate claims, yielding to which will further enhance peace, must be considered in the same spirit of give and
give some more take demanded of Israel. We can then have the peace in our time for which we have long hoped and which we all deserve.
Perhaps through the example the United States sets with Mexico, Israel will finally see the light and approach the Palestinian problem in an equally enlightened way. It is our duty to demonstrate the validity of this approach and of the great benefits it will bring.
(This article was first published at The PJ Tatler.)
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