Friday, November 16, 2018

The Drug War and the Caravan

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Jim Acosta used his physical advantage as a man over a female White House intern last week when he didn’t want to give up the microphone during a Trump press conference. It’s a good thing the lady was well-mannered, or there might have been a brawl.
In an age of heightened awareness about respect for women, Mr. Acosta’s boorish behavior was tone-deaf—or perhaps simply revealing. It left me wondering if all the gushing about equality for the sisterhood is merely political. (Irony alert.)
Speaking of phony outrage, the Jim Acosta Show also featured his disagreement with Mr. Trump over the nature of the Central American caravan. The reporter’s sympathy for the migrants is touching. But it is less convincing when you consider the silence of the press in the pre-Trump days, when Washington was aiding and abetting the disintegration of rule of law in the home countries of the migrants.
As the Journal’s Robbie Whelan reported Nov. 3, El Salvador estimates that the gang known as MS-13 now “operates an extortion racket with little pressure from authorities in 248 of the 262 of the country’s municipalities.” Its chief rival, Barrio 18, “runs its own protection scheme in nearly as many regions.” In other words, most of the country is now ruled by transnational criminal networks that terrorize the population.
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