As the U.S. Senate grapples with the question of how much amnesty to give the over 20 million illegal aliens already in the country—not to mention offering "guest worker" status to potentially millions more of the uninvited—Americans outside the Beltway are contemplating something quite different.
As a quiet reaction to the recent pro-illegal alien marches fueled by Mexican revanchism on American soil, law-abiding Americans seem to be coming to the conclusion that what is at stake is nothing less than the survival of the nation itself.
And the ultimate answer to the problems of illegal immigration and border anarchy might just be military.
For example, nationally-syndicated columnist Georgie Anne Geyer asked some chilling questions at the conclusion of her column on April 3:
"What will be the results of this unprecedented Mexican program of brazenly reaching into another country and telling it what to do? Will Mexicans simply retake the southern U.S.? Or will we perhaps come too late to the realization that in our foolishness, we have helped start the breakup of America?"
Ms. Geyer's accomplished career as a foreign correspondent, author and commentator – having witnessed revolutions come and go all over the world—mean her comments cannot be taken lightly. The alarm bells sounded by pioneering outfits like Glenn Spencer's American Patrol Report have now gone mainstream!
As yet another chilling sign of the times, last week I mentioned the grave implications of the recent " Border Wars" article by Jeff Randall in the April 2006 issue of S.W.A.T. Magazine. This chronicles the increasing intensity of violence experienced by Americans living all along the Mexican border. Randall writes:
"'No matter what the politicians and left-wingers tell you, what's happening on the Mexican border is not as simple as illegal aliens crossing to find work and better their lives.' Even though the violence is ratcheting up, most politicians in Washington don't care that law-abiding American property owners are being robbed, raped and shot on their own land."
While I've been making the case for summary removal of illegal aliens and criminal alien residents (instead of the current litigation-based system for the deportation of every single illegal alien in the country), this issue is small potatoes compared to the threat of military-style resistance lurking along and within our own borders.
The March 30 column by William Lind, " On War #157: Through the Postern Gate" published on Soldiers for the Truth, makes the case that "[o]n our southern border, the mestizo invasion is taking on more overtly military overtones."
"Why are the drug and immigration smugglers on our southern border escalating the conflict? Because when they probe, they find weakness. Here we see another carry-over from the Third to the Fourth Generation [warfare], in the form of 'soft spot tactics.' Our border defenses are weak at the physical level, and at the mental and moral levels as well. Those weaknesses are intended by the Washington Establishment and its unholy alliance of cultural Marxists and big business/cheap labor 'conservatives.'"
It was a VDARE.com reader who alerted me by email to Lind's column. The reader also noted that
"in his book, The Counter-Insurgency Manual, military affairs expert Leroy Thompson has a list of conditions which make political and guerrilla insurgencies possible and indeed likely. Thompson identifies the primary causes of an insurgency. Consider whether you think any of these are not yet in motion within this country:
The VDARE.com reader offers a "stand and fight" plan of action, adding that
"[t]he bottom line is that we must now see the problem and its solution in military terms and retake control of our country accordingly. What configuration of forces will accomplish this, I do not know. I just know that it must be done."
If the U.S. Senate prefers to dither over illegal alien amnesty schemes than even consider the possibility of a summary removal program, will the military solution to border anarchy be the only way to stave off the breakup of the union?
The appalling fact is that reasonable people are now asking themselves this question. As a reporter, I am in exactly the same situation as British politician Enoch Powell was in when he made his great immigration speech in 1968:
"I can already hear the chorus of execration. How dare I say such a horrible thing? How dare I stir up trouble and inflame feelings by repeating such a conversation?
"The answer is that I do not have the right not to do so. Here is a decent, ordinary fellow Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that this country will not be worth living in for his children. I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else."
The thoughtful writings of Ms. Geyer, along with the gritty reality showcased in Soldiers for the Truth and S.W.A.T. Magazine, make the prospect of instituting another massive illegal alien amnesty that much more of a national disgrace . . . and potentially our undoing as well.