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The U.S.-Mexican border has always been a violent place. Any meeting place between two different cultures is always a rough, chaotic area.
Friends tell me that in the last couple of years, the border has gotten worse. Used to be, there were rules.
Not many rules, true. And those rules were formed and forged by the people in the area, and everyone knew these rules and followed them.
Not any more.
I've got people who have seen this kind of thing before telling me that the U.S.-Mexico border has turned into a classic Low Intensity Conflict. There are folks down there - both local law enforcement and citizens - who are buying camoflage clothing and asking around for advice regarding weapons and training in the use of said weapons.
That's bad enough, Gentle Readers, but things are going to get worse. We've got the local citizenry getting fed up, while very vocal, very influential, very loud special interest groups have taken notice of the border problem, yet at the same time our Government refuses to take notice of same.
You know what this a recipe for? Yes. You do.
Take one Low Intensity Conflict. Add several cups of Powerful Special Interest Group. Season with Irritation from Local Citizens. Bake slowly under Federal Government Disinterest.
Voila! I give you a High Intensity Conflict.
That's military-speak for a war, people.
If Congress and the Executive Branch don't get a grip on this thing right now, we're going to have a full-blown blood war on our hands with the next five to ten years.
And, speaking from extensive personal experience, when your local good citizens start militarizing, you're a hellua lot closer to the five year mark than you are the ten.
That's LawDogs Gloomy Prediction for the day.