Monday, October 22, 2018
Pre-Election Theater: The Caravan
It should be obvious by now that the migrant caravan coming up from Honduras was carefully set up to embarrass Trump, just as the election -- starting with the early/mail-in ballots -- is beginning. Who did the manipulating is pretty obvious too. There are small videos -- plainly taken with personal cell-phones, and therefore unverifiable, but telling -- which show what appear to be well-dressed Honduran agents paying lots of not-so-well-dressed Honduran young men to get on the trucks and join the "caravan". The interesting part of the videos, and of professional news-media videos too, is that the overwhelming majority of those "migrants" are military-age men. If, as the migrants claim, they're fleeing from violence at home, then where are the women, children, and old people? Yes, the DNC does have enough supporters with very deep pockets to outright hire some 7000 men to march all the way through Mexico to assault the US border. After all, a similar invasion a few months back gave the Democrats and the media lots of shame-shame fodder to use against Trump and, by extension, the entire GOP. Other than that, the welcome the first "asylum invasion" got actually did discourage real illegal immigrants from jumping the border for several months. This caravan is a clear political set-up. The number of American pro-immigrant Leftist demonstrators who have gone down to Mexico precisely in order to join the caravan is pretty clear proof of that.
As the target of this campaign, with this little time left, just what can Trump -- or any of the US govt. do?
Well, he has already tried getting the Mexican govt. to stop the invasion, but Mexico had been notoriously bad about that, and the caravan is making its way across Mexico without much interference. He's likewise threatened to cut off the foreign-aid funds to Honduras, Guatemala and every other country involved, and while this will hurt their pockets next year, it isn't doing much right now.
So he's promising to call up the US military, and the Democrats are already howling "unconstitutional!" -- which is ironic coming from them.
But is it really unconstitutional to call up the army to stop an invasion? Invasion is exactly what this is.
Note that the Mexican, Honduran and Guatemalan police that have made some effort to stop the caravan claim to have caught some "middle-eastern" members of the so-called Honduran group, which is excuse enough. The US is, after all, fighting Jihadists in the middle-east. That makes illegal and covert "middle-eastern" border-jumpers agents of an enemy power in war-time.
That's excuse enough.
So, regardless of how the media will slant and howl, the best thing those US troops can do is wait at the border, catch everyone who tries to sneak across, and round them up. They can do it with non-lethal weapons such as stunners or gas. Round up the whole 7000+ of them, shove them in planes and carry them off to.... Where?
Well, both Peru and Argentina have shown willingness to take them in, and they can be paid off to do it with the foreign-aid money that used to go to Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, et al. When the assorted Left bawls about a "humanitarian crisis", point out -- loudly -- that transporting the illegals to someplace that's willing to take them in is a damned sight more "humanitarian" than shooting the invaders outright. Above all, keep on calling them invaders!
Sure, sure, they insist that they're only coming here to get safety, work, and "a better life for themselves". Well, all invaders are trying to get a better life for themselves! The Mongol hordes who swept into China, leaving pyramids of skulls in their wake, were only trying to get a better life for themselves. The original Spanish Conquistadors who marched into Central and South America, slaughtering the Indians as they went, were only trying to get a better life for themselves. The Nazis who rolled into Poland in 1939, thus setting off World War Two, were only trying to get a better life for themselves. Nobody makes the effort to invade someone else's land to get a worse life for themselves!
Yes, this is an invasion --- part of an invasion that's been going on for a long time -- and we should call it by its rightful name. Being honest about the situation should win Trump a few brownie-points in the election at least.