According to Arizona’s Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, Mexican drug cartels should be viewed like middle eastern terrorists in terms of the violence that they are willing to commit against Americans.
Dannels appeared on Tuesday’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and spoke to the issue of nine Americans who were ambushed and killed by the drug cartels, saying that it has been troubling for the community they called home.
“Think about what ISIS does and think about what the cartels do. They terrorize,” Dannels said according to Fox News. “They kill both their own citizens — they kill Americans, as demonstrated last night.”
“We know one thing for sure, the cartels are behind it,” he said.
Dannels also drew a parallel between ISIS’s famed history of beheading its captives, saying that the cartel has a habit of treating their victims in the same type of way.
“It’s time we step up and list them as terrorists,” Dannels said of the drug cartels.
“Back in June, we had double-digit homicides by the cartels in the same areas,” he added. “It’s a sad day in our international community down here.”
Dannels county of Cochise sits on Arizona’s border with Agua Prieta, Mexico and encompasses the Tuscon area. That county is only a handful of miles north of where the nine Americans were brutally murdered by the cartel.
“Dannels said the massacre also highlights the need for securing the border in his county and others, as well as the need to keep violent drug traffickers out of the United States,” Fox News reported, going on to say that House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Tom Cotton has called on United States officials to consider making the cartel America’s problem if their violence goes unchecked by Mexico.
“[Mexican] President [Andres Manuel] Lopez Obrador came into office almost a year ago saying that his strategy for dealing with the cartels was going to be more hugs, not bullets,” Cotton said on “Your World,” Fox News reported.
“That may work in a children’s fairy tale, but in the real world when three American women and six American children were gunned down and burned alive, the only thing that can counteract bullets is more and bigger bullets,” Cotton said. “If the Mexican government cannot protect American citizens in Mexico, then the United States may have to take matters into our own hands.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.