Nicaraguan SA-7's Sold to Terrorists? Secure the Border Now!
The Word Unheard out of Managua, Nicaragua is that a Nicaraguan police raid assisted by US agents netted one of the Nicaraguan military's Russian-made SA-7 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. The suspect thought he was selling the weapon to a Colombian terrorist and is one of what the US believes to be 80 unaccounted for Nicaraguan SA-7's.
From The Washington Times: February 22, 2005:
The United States has become increasingly worried about the fate of hundreds of Soviet-provided SA-7s like the ones used by terrorists in Kenya in 2002 to try to down an Israeli airliner. In that attack, the two missiles missed their target.
The Nicaragua problem arose last month when a police sting, aided by U.S. officials, captured an SA-7 missile from four Nicaraguans who thought they were selling it to Colombian terrorists. To some U.S. officials, the missile's appearance at an air-conditioner repair shop in Managua was proof that elements of the military were hoarding scores of SA-7s for future sale on the black market.
Last week, the situation worsened when the Nicaraguan assembly overrode a veto by President Enrique Bolanos that stripped him of power to, at his discretion, dispose of weapons. The override effectively ends, for now, Mr. Bolanos' plans to destroy about 1,000 SA-7s known to be in the country's arsenal.
On one hand, this is very disconcerting as al-Qaida is known to have ties and 'charities' in Central and South America, including Colombia. On the other hand, it is good to see our intelligence and the Bush Administration taking note and taking some sort of action.
This is but one more reason to continue to apply pressure on President Bush to seal the border first before entertaining any folly regarding amnesty, no matter what term President Bush perfers to use to describe his immigration 'reform' proposals.
In combat first aid, Marines are taught:
1. Stop the Bleeding...then
2. Start the Breathing
3. Treat for Shock
Mr. President, if we do not Stop the Bleeding, all efforts to Start the Breathing and Treat for Shock are for naught.
Our porous borders have probably already bled with terrorist infiltration, and now we know there are SA-7's for sale just south of that porous border.
STOP THE BLEEDING!