World Affairs Brief, January 25, 2008. Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

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In a memo From VDARE, a commentary site on Latin America, Allan Wall writes, “Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations states that ‘it is the duty of all persons enjoying such privileges and immunities (diplomats) to respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State.’ Mexico is a stickler for enforcing the Vienna Convention in its own territory. But when it comes to Mexican diplomats in the United States, they constantly meddle in U.S. internal politics as it relates to immigration. And our own government allows it [and encourages it].” In a recent speech Mexican President Calderon berated Mexican diplomats for not being more aggressive in intervening on behalf of every jailed Mexican–especially illegal immigrants. Mexican historian and journalist Lorenzo Meyer quotes Calderon as saying, “it’s extremely important that Mexicans are able to continue migrating—-it’s the country’s escape valve. There’s no other way Mexico can produce enough jobs for all its working-age residents.” Nonsense. The problem in Mexico is corruption and over-regulation, not lack of business opportunities.

Calderon and George Bush both subscribe to a globalist agenda. Both endorse secret policies that foment a clash of cultures in the US so that increasing conflict will justify forging a North American Union as the “solution.” That’s the real reason why the administration doesn’t live up to its promises to secure the border.

Jim Kouri also reports for that Mexican military vehicles continue to support drug smugglers on both the Mexican and US side of the border: “A secret federal document reveals that there were dozens of armed incursions by Mexican soldiers and police into the United States during Fiscal Year 2007 [kept secret so the American people don’t get upset and demand action]…According to attorneys at Judicial Watch, the report documents 29 confirmed incidents along the US-Mexican border involving Mexican military and/or law enforcement personnel during 2007. ‘These documents not only show the dangerous and chaotic situation at the Mexican border, but also the complicity of some Mexican government agents in violating U.S. law,’ said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

What Fitton doesn’t say is that the US government has created “rules of engagement” for the Border Patrol that highly restrict, if not outright prohibit, any confrontation with these military incursions. These hidden policies, combined with the unjust prosecution of two border patrol agents for firing a weapon during a confrontation with a serial drug smuggler, have produced a climate of fear among agents, fearing the use of armed force, even in self-defense. I feel these unwritten policies are directly responsible for the death of a Border Patrol agent this week who was deliberately run over by a car and killed by a drug smuggler as the agent tried to stop the smuggler’s vehicle with a tire puncture strip. In prior years, an agent would have felt justified in pulling his weapon and firing upon a car bearing down on him. Not so any more.