By Susan D. Harris
The wild, lawless country of Mexico took to their illegitimate courtroom for another round of in-your-face international goading. In short, they flipped the bird to America once again. It isn’t enough they send us their drug cartels or assist thousands of illegals in trampling our border; now they have successfully made a scapegoat of a United States Marine.
Sgt. Tahmooressi’s latest hearing was Tuesday. Tahmooressi was not in the courtroom, but his mother was. His lawyer, Fernando Benitez, declared a victory, based on his own personal assessment. Despite this so-called victory, Fox News reported on Wednesday that “the bottom line is [Tahmooressi’s] not going anywhere soon.”
Mexican officials want to waste their time poring over hours of video footage to review Tahmooressi’s wrong turn, all the while pretending he is some sort of one-man army hell-bent on destroying Mexico.
Tahmooressi has been in prison for six months and suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving two combat tours in Afghanistan. He faces up to 21 years in a Mexican prison because poor signage directed him into Mexico instead of back to San Diego. That’s even less of an offense than Les Misérables’ Jean Valjean stealing a loaf of bread for his starving family.
What I want to know is, why was Sgt. Tahmooressi’s mother unaccompanied in the courtroom? Why wasn’t she surrounded with a delegation of congressmen from the United States? For all the good people calling for the release of Tahmooressi, why weren’t there more people demanding a seat in that courtroom as a show of force and support?
Where were any of the 71 bipartisan signers of the congressional letter sent to Tijuana Judge Victor Octavio Luna Escobedo? Sent last July, it was apparently laughed off and roundly disposed of.
We know that President Obama and John Kerry have no inclination or power to accomplish the release of this sergeant. So where are the Republicans who have denounced this injustice? Are they afraid it would look too “political” if they went to Mexico? Do we even care about the appearance of politics when it comes to injustice? Would you care about the appearance of politics if you were Sgt. Tahmooressi?
And what about well-known American celebrities calling for Tahmooressi’s release? Where were they? If they had the money and means, they should have been there. If I had the money and means, I would have been there.
The entire saga of Sgt. Tahmooressi is one of the most disgusting miscarriages of justice we have seen, specifically because it had the potential to be resolved quickly with the right leadership but wasn’t.
This country is mired in a swamp of inaction where, real action is substituted with empty words. We won’t even impeach a tyrannical president because we’re afraid the Democrats will profit from it and score big wins in November. We might as well trash the impeachment process altogether, because if we can’t use it now, it is worth nothing for eternity.
Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, and all the rest who have called for Tahmooressi’s release: shame on you for not showing up in that Mexican courtroom. Don’t tell us all the reasons it wouldn’t have “looked good” or wouldn’t have been the right thing to do. Just charter a plane and put your money where your mouth is.
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