From Fronton, Texas:
U. S. Border Patrol agents seized six assault rifles, one rocket launcher, a grenade launcher, and three packages of what appeared to be C-4 explosives Tuesday near the Rio Grande.
Agents patrolling the river near Fronton spotted a black bag in the brush. Inside, agents found the guns, rocket launcher, grenade launcher and explosives, along with a lower receiver for an assault rifle and 20 ammunition magazines.
Too bad the Obama Administration can't blame law abiding gun shop owners in the United States for this one. Why? Because you cannot buy rocket and grenade launchers at their stores.
“Despite a lot of breathless reports that have tagged places like El Paso as dangerous, violent crime in southwest border counties has dropped by a third. El Paso and other cities and towns along this border are consistently among the safest in the nation.” –President Obama May 10, 2011
In July, I reported that Hezbollah, the most extensive terrorist organization in the world, is operating with and providing training to drug cartel members in Mexico, specifically along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Hezbollah is a very sophisticated terrorist group, with activity beyond criminal. Intelligence shows the group started pushing its terrorism initiative into South America a decade ago but upped its efforts in 2005, a new approach that is a threat to the United States. Testimony showed Hezbollah is strategically positioning itself in order to possibly launch a response to an Iranian attack either from the U.S. or Israel on their nuclear program. Intelligence cited during the hearing also shows the group is interested in obtaining weapons of mass destruction, which should be taken seriously since the group has published entire books about how to build and use WMDs and terrorist operations are justified by Hezbollah’s belief in Islam’s ongoing struggle with the West through violent jihad.
Hezbollah has also been supplying explosives training to Mexican drug cartels operating along the U.S.-Mexico border, and tunnels used in the area are near replicas of weapons-smuggling tunnels built by Hezbollah and used in Lebanon. Since 2006, violence in Mexico has rapidly escaladed and cartels have become more ruthless. In addition, Mexican cartels are serving as source of financing and easy entrance for the organization into the United States.
“Hezbollah members have used the porous U.S.-Mexico border as an entrance to the United States,” Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council Ilan Berman said.
Farah agreed, saying that some gang members, who entered the U.S. through the southern border with Mexico, have been arrested in the U.S. proudly displaying Farsi tattoos. He also said these groups together have access to hundreds of millions of dollars and that money funneled back to the Middle East is used to purchase weapons for attacks on Israel.
There are four main ways Mexican cartels can get their hands on rocket and grenade launchers:
-If the U.S. State Department were to sell those weapons to the Mexican government, then dissenters of the Mexican military (who make up the majority of cartel members) take the weapons with them when they leave
-Mexican cartels buy them on the black market
-Mexican cartels get them from a guy, who after admitting he was providing grenades to cartels, was released back to Mexico by ATF a la Grenadegate
-Mexican cartels work with groups like Hezbollah to obtain those weapons, cartels in Mexico grant easy access into the United States to Hezbollah in return, Hezbollah supplies them with weapons
So the question is, who do the weapons found in Fronton belong to? They may not be the property of cartels at all, but the property of terrorists operating along a 2,000 mile long porous border.
Final thought: Were the assault rifles found part of Operation Fast and Furious? Given to cartels through ATF and Obama Justice Department incompetence?
|Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is also the author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up.
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