It is hard to clearly analyze statements made by Mexico’s Foreign Ministry yesterday in response to Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso. The reason being it is completely asinine. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard released a video in a twitter post yesterday, calling Saturday’s shooting an “act of barbarism.” Ebrard is absolutely right. Except, he did not stop there.
The Foreign Minister went on to say the shooting was a “terrorist act against innocent Mexicans.” NBC News reported that of the “20 people gunned down…at least seven were Mexican citizens” and of the “26 injured in the attack, at least nine were Mexican nationals, according to the government.”
In his video statement he makes legal threats against the United States:
The president has instructed me to ensure that Mexico’s indignation translates into…efficient, prompt, expeditious and forceful legal actions for Mexico to take a role and demand that conditions are established that protect…Mexicans in the United States.
Legal actions? Mr. Ebrard, your citizens were in our country for a better life because your actions have failed. You have already failed to create “conditions” that “protect” your people. They were forced to come to this country in hopes that they would have a chance to be provided with what you carelessly say should be done for them but won’t actually do.
Ebrard also announced he would be in El Paso to meet with the victims and offer support from the Mexican government. Offer support from the Mexican government? Don’t you think your credibility is completely crushed in offering support? It is an insult to your people to make empty promises to them while blaming their tremendous pain on our government’s lack of protecting them. You failed them first; acting as though you didn’t is more damaging to relations than staying silent on the matter.