I’ll be the first to admit that there is a problem with U.S. immigration policy. However, the plan we anticipate that Bush will present tonight is far scarier than any of the problems involved. From Reuters:
U.S. President George W. Bush will announce plans on Monday to deploy thousands of National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border to support efforts to catch more illegal immigrants, as he tries to placate conservatives demanding a tougher policy.
Bush is to address Americans for about 20 minutes from the Oval Office at 8 p.m./0000 GMT to announce increased security along the 2,000-mile (3,219 km) U.S. border with Mexico, and to insist a temporary guest-worker program loathed by many conservatives is needed as part of an overall reform of immigration law.
To begin, let’s take a look at what naturally occurs when a country places troops on an international border. Obviously, when country A places guns and tanks on the border, country B begins to feel threatened and places a few troops their side of the border. The result of country B placing troops on the border is that country A will place a few more troops on the border. Why not add a couple of heavy artillery units at the same time. Then country B adds a division and a few helicoptor squadrons. Then county A…
You get the idea. Of course, some nitwits might actually argue that Mexico would know that we are a peace-loving nation and of no possible threat to them. However, our track record in the Middle East won’t comfort many Mexican minds when our tanks and guns are pointed in their direction.
As a matter of fact, Mexicoabout this:
Mexico’s President Vincente Fox called Mr Bush yesterday to express his concerns about White House plans to “militarise” the 3200km U.S./Mexico border with up to 10,000 National Guard troops.
If you don’t believe that hawks aren’t already gearing up to engage Mexico with military force, please explain why protesters are using the line “Remember the Alamo.”
Move over Korea, as the current plan from the White House is to turn the Rio Grande into a giant demilitarized zone.
The alternative picture I see is equally scary. In military drill and ceremony, there is a command that every soldier knows. When the commander orders “about face”, everyone simultaneously turns around 180 degrees — weapons, too. If Bush is successful in his apparant attempt to place troops on the border, it will only take one “about face” order for the guns on the border to be aimed directly at the American people.
If you think it was difficult for political dissidents to leave eastern Europe during the Cold War, wait until Bush establishes all of America as a “free speech zone.”