South of the Border Win

The good guys won a big one this week south of the US-Mexico border. Mexican (and I’ll add US) authorities have captured a notorious thug, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (aka, Z-40) — a leader of the Mexican criminal syndicate Los Zetas.

Thanks in great part to groups such as the Zetas, there are likely more beheadings in the Western Hemisphere than the Middle East. In addition to drug smuggling, money laundering, human trafficking in Mexico, the Zetas have violated many US laws and have been linked to the death of Americans. I’ve always thought there is more than just crime behind these folks; however, they are very careful about keeping their political aims known to outsiders.

We may never know how much US support was used by the US-trained Mexican marines to capture this fellow and his accomplices. But it is safe to assume there that U.S. agencies helped quite a bit.  To those folks the nation owes a big thank you. U.S. border security takes a back seat to other news. So do things happening in Mexico that impact folks on the other side of the border.  Yet there is a lot there for Americans to be concerned about including this item that we’ve written about before:

“Since 2005, Iran and Hezbollah have developed a presence in Latin America, opening 17 cultural centers, and forming relations with the Mexican drug cartels. 200,000 immigrants from Lebanon and Syria, many of whom are illegal residents, live in Mexico, and have established residence with the help of drug cartels like Los Zetas, the most technically advanced of Mexico’s drug cartels,” Terrence Rosenthal, Center for Security Policy.

Z-40’s capture is a great win, however, more will come after him. These are the issues that the Congress and the Obama Administration should focus on, border security and cooperation with our colleagues in Mexico. This is a much more pressing issue than comprehensive immigration reform.

To the Mexican and American authorities who were involved in the capture of Z-40 and accomplices, an old tune performed by Frank Sinatra, South of the Border:

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