WASHINGTON -- Last week's brief "Three Amigos" summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, has been all but forgotten in the growing storm over "health care reform." That may be what the three North American heads of state, Presidents Felipe Calderon and Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, wanted. All three leaders did their best to ignore the skunk at their picnic -- the serious threat posed to all of us by narco-terrorism. If comments after the confab reflect their thinking, thousands of dead and wounded at the hands of violent drug cartels warrant less attention than the "threat" of global warming and the H1N1 virus.
In his closing statement at the summit, Calderon devoted one sentence, just 43 words, to stopping "the traffic of weapons and of money that go from north to south that strengthen and nourish organized crime gangs." Harper, who spoke first in French and then in English, said that Canada "recognizes the courageous commitment taken by President Calderon to combat organized crime in Mexico." In English, he substituted "drug traffickers" for "organized crime." That was it.
Mr. Obama did better, noting that the three leaders "resolved to continue confronting the urgent threat to our common security from the drug cartels that are causing so much violence and death in our countries." He went on to assure that "Mexico has the support it needs to dismantle and defeat the cartels," emphasizing "our commitment to reduce the demand for drugs" and promising "to stem the illegal southbound flow of American guns and cash that helps fuel this extraordinary violence."
There is considerable dispute about how much the "flow of American guns" contributes to the carnage, but there is no doubt that the phrase "extraordinary violence" is dead on the mark. On Aug. 11, just one day after the Guadalajara summit, Mexican police in Sinaloa arrested a cartel "hit man" and four other suspects and announced that they had thwarted yet another attempt to assassinate President Calderon. Since then, violence in Mexico has spiked.
For the past three months, our Fox News' "War Stories" team has been investigating how drugs, money and narco-terror are connected. What we saw and documented -- from the Andean basin, in South America, to Mexico to deep into the American heartland -- is a chilling story that has been widely ignored by the so-called mainstream media.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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