I can see that I’m not going to be able to simply give my opinion on this subject and walk away. I have many followers who are young. It’s not a bad thing, but it does tend to cause one to look at the world through a different lens, either through different experiences or inexperience altogether. Any time I get “serious” on social media, you can expect a handful of cadets/junior officers to fill up the comments section with the boomer comments. I’m somewhere around 40, so I’ll own that title with pride. It is important I break down topics of a serious nature and not simply leave them in the realm of opinion when I go off, however, so that’s what I’m going to do in relation to Fort Bliss housing thousands of illegal immigrants.
Let’s briefly discuss 9/11
In 2001, right after I enlisted, a crazy thing happened: some dudes flew some airplanes into the World Trade Center buildings and flipped the whole world, especially the US, upside down overnight. We found out later that the FBI had been following leads on the cell responsible for the attacks. To make a really long story short, there were a lot of things they didn’t act on due to the bureaucracy and red tape involved (you can read the whole thing here).
The guys who flew the planes, plus their handlers, took a big risk as they entered the US with their real names and visas because they were known to the CIA and NSA from their time training and fighting as jihadists in Bosnia and Afghanistan. “Ok, but why are we talking about 9/11?” Stick with me, I’m painting a picture here….
Hezbollah in Mexico
Hezbollah is a terrorist group which is mostly funded by Iran and fights their proxy wars for them. We have a long, ugly history with these shitheads, the ugliest probably being their bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut. Hezbollah has been operating in Latin America for a long time, but their presence in Mexico is largely unknown to many people. Hezbollah and Los Zetas, arguably the most violent and ambitious (notice I said ambitious, not the biggest or most established) cartel/transnational criminal organization in Mexico, have been working working together for years (here, here and here).
Their primary motivation is making money to finance their operations overseas, especially with Iran getting kicked in the balls by our sanctions for the last several years. Also, Los Zetas aren’t going to allow their money making scheme to get messed up by assisting a terrorist organization in an attack on US soil; BUT! if sanctions were eased on Iran (as they’re demanding for discussions on the Nuclear Deal that Biden wants to have), and Iran suddenly had more room to pivot PLUS an entire paramilitary organization responsive to their heeding right along our southern border with a wide open, porous border, who knows what they’d be likely to do if the right international settings were in place. Keep in mind, they’ve vowed to obtain vengeance for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
“Children” being held on Army bases
The age group for those who will be held in the detainment camps springing up on Bliss and other installations is 13-17 years old. In 2014, Hezbollah lowered the age requirement for fighters to 16. Not only does that place this age group perfectly in the recruitment window (yea, kids have been used many times by the cartels to conduct smuggling and assassinations, so why wouldn’t Hezbollah use them as well?), but who thinks these kids are telling the truth anyways? “Uh, yea, I’d totally tell the truth if I was illegally crossing the border into a foreign country and knew that kids were more favorably dealt with *cough.*” Do I really have to spell out the threat here?
Let’s forget the terrorist threat and talk about MS-13 and Barrio 18. Many of those fleeing from South America are fleeing from the violence and poverty playing out with these gangs in the countries they’re leaving. MS-13 has ALSO moved to the US and are located from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. They’re believed to be 10,000 strong in the US, and they’ve established a significant presence in Texas. In fact, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s annual gang threat assessment elevated MS-13 to a top tier threat.
Let’s put it all together
So why don’t I want thousands of unknown “children” (military aged males) being interned in makeshift tent cities on the installations I house my family on? If all of that didn’t spell it out for you, let me do it really quickly (on top of yesterday’s blog). The terrorist threat and proximity from Hezbollah is too significant to give them un-vetted access to the installations that house and train the guys who killed their puppet master’s greatest military treasure (Soleimani). MS-13 is already littered throughout Texas and the US without giving them one more nexus of reach directly within our supposedly secure bases.
I know many of you argue these kids are just fleeing from a bad situation and just want a better life, and I’m sure that’s the case in the VAST MAJORITY of situations. However, you’re either too comfortable, too inexperienced, or too naive if you believe this situation doesn’t create a prime opportunity for criminal elements and our enemies to exploit. This threat is too real to “hope for the best” and ignore what’s taking place. I’ll continue to talk about this. 9/11 attackers walked in ANNOUNCED and we didn’t stop them. Whoever is pouring over the border in the tens of thousands right now are not only unannounced, but they can literally be anyone they want. Think about that while you’re tucking your kids into bed tonight.