There are now three waves of central American migrants aiming to force their way into the US across the border.
As reported here by JE Dyer, the first group was temporary halted by a Mexican police barricade. Mexican authorities offered the migrants asylum, jobs, and an array of social assistance programs. When they refused them, the police took down the barricades and the migrants resumed their trek.
On Sunday afternoon, the second wave from Honduras reached the border with southern Mexico. The Mexican border guard requested entry in an orderly manner.
“The men at the front began to throw rocks, and rushed to attack the border gate. According to news media on-scene, the attacking men broke down a gate and at least 100 of them were able to push through it. An unknown number of people were injured in the resulting scuffle. A 26-year-old Honduran migrant reportedly died of a head injury, which some outlets are saying was the result of being hit by a rubber bullet from the Mexican guards”.
A third group is now setting out from El Salvador. “One young man held up a handy, professionally printed map of migrant routes through Central America and Mexico for a photo op.”
There has been much speculation about who is funding this prospective invasion across the US border. I have read several theories but have yet to see a convincing account. But I can’t help noticing a familiar pattern.
For Dyer goes on: “At the moment, the military troops are being dispatched solely for logistical support to the Border Patrol. Clearly, however, the Border Patrol by itself won’t be able to mount the entire response if there is a coordinated, asymmetric attack by the migrants at the border. Presumably any tactical border defense effort will be coordinated between the U.S. and Mexico; we can reasonably hope that no situation will deteriorate into the use of “military” style force against lightly-armed migrants.
“(They may be lightly armed, but that doesn’t mean they can’t hurt anyone. No soldier or Border Patrolman is obliged, and none should be, to simply accept injury or death from flying rocks, or small arms the migrants may be carrying surreptitiously, because of an asymmetric force situation. That said, not one of the men and women in uniform at the border wants to kill people”.
Remind you of anything? Like this?
Yup: this central American onslaught on the US border looks rather similar to the Gazan onslaught on the Israeli border. Similar optics: poor, downtrodden “refugees” using force of numbers and their own “defenceless” bodies to pit themselves against the firepower of the army of an “oppressive” state in order to storm illegally and (in Gaza) murderously into someone else’s country.
Now let’s look at some dots that might be joined up. Here is evidence by Emanuele Ottolenghi about the way Iran and Hezbollah have been radicalising thousands of Latin Americans to become a hotbed of anti-Americanism and a forward operating base for Iran.
During his confirmation hearings as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo also noted that the “toxic crime-terror nexus” in Latin America, largely driven by the Lebanese Hezbollah group, “is fueling both the rising threat of global jihadism and the collapse of law and order across Latin America that is helping drive drugs and people northward into the United States.”
“It is thus facilitating their efforts to build safe havens for terrorists and a continent-wide terror infrastructure that they could use to strike U.S. targets,” he warned.
There may well be various different bodies behind the migrant onslaught. Trump tweeted that “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with it. Of course he was duly bawled out for racism, imbecility, dog-whistling, racism, yada yada. Of course he couldn’t possibly be reflecting intelligence information he had received. Ya think?
Vice-President Mike Pence told Fox News: “What the president of Honduras told me is that the caravan was organized by leftist organizations, political activists within Honduras, and he said it was being funded by outside groups, and even from Venezuela”.
Hamas runs Gaza. Hamas is trying to storm the Israel border. Hamas is supported by Iran. Hamas has its own deep ties with Latin America.