Monday, January 21, 2008

Bordering on a Quagmire

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A Border Patrol agent was killed by suspected drug dealers in southern California near the Arizona border:

IMPERIAL SAND DUNES -- The off-road enthusiasts were revving their dune buggies and all-terrain vehicles Saturday morning when a brown Hummer suddenly cut into the campground.

The man at the wheel, a suspected drug smuggler, was heading to Mexico, fast. U.S. Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar, the only person in the way, threw a spike strip in front of the car. The Hummer sped up. "It looked like the man swerved and hit the agent intentionally," said one witness.

...Nationwide, assaults against Border Patrol agents rose from 752 in 2006 to 987 in 2007. Authorities say clashes are likely to continue as smugglers respond to beefed-up border security with more aggressive measures.

"I think it was just a matter of time. Agents are getting assaulted every day," said Jeremy Schappell, a Border Patrol spokesman.

That's BS and the LA Times knows it. The Times is shilling for the open borders types and using to the typical liberal reflex paradigm of blame America first. It is our fault you see, we secure the border ergo, drug dealers run over agents. It doesn't have to make sense when you can twist something to blame America and not the actual people who are killing Americans.

If we had the political and moral guts to truly secure the border, Hummers wouldn't be traversing it. We have the ability to erect massive skyscrapers, probes that reach the edge of the Solar System and subs that can go to unbelievable depths in the ocean yet we can't build a secure fence?

This is an issue that has to be dealt with immediately but because of the feel-good policies on both sides, we have agents dying and lawlessness in a fast-growing area of the nation.

It's a quagmire.

Dunes pictured below to give perspective. More here. Map here. Update: More.

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