An article popped up yesterday on CNN.com with good news about the arrest of Mexican cartel boss Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino. As I do from time-t0-time under the alias “Mike Bushman” (I don’t hide my identity well), I posted a comment that quickly gained enough of CNN’s version of likes and no dislikes to be the top comment. Moments later, I turned back from watching “Cutthroat Kitchen” to see the comment was gone. Deleted.
Given my introspective nature, I wondered what I’d said that was so threatening to require removal. Fortunately, more than half of what I’d written was contained in an email alert of a reply to my comment about the difficulty of stopping cartels when “Fast and Furious” guns are still turning up.
Here’s my offending statement, with the second half recaptured to the best of my memory:
“The fates of the U.S. and Mexico are intertwined. We must defeat the drug cartels, who otherwise will eventually combine, strengthen and wreak even greater havoc on our society. It will get even worse once radical Islamic terrorists figure out how to team up with drug cartels to attack us.”
Perhaps, I thought, the statement was deemed racist by the thoughtful administrators at CNN. I did say our fate was intertwined with Mexico and my picture shows me clearly as white, but I couldn’t believe this was the reason. The comment simply acknowledges that the cartels are a scourge to both of our nations. I thought that was clear. Maybe CNN opposed my reference to “radical Islamic” terrorists? Perhaps I should have just mentioned terrorists, rather than identify the dominant type of terrorist attacking America in recent decades.
In commenting on the potential combination of cartels and terrorists, I simply reacted to the fact that terrorists and cartels have already been caught linking together on low-level activities. My concern is that these relationships will expand. Readers of Melting Point 2040 and Secession 2041 will recognize that cartels and terrorists play plot roles in these novels, though I didn’t mention my writing when commenting on CNN.com.
There is one other explanation. Removing my comment allowed it to be replaced by a new top comment: “Legalize Marijuana and those drug cartels will be pharmaceutical reps. Problem solved.” That must be it.