Fernandez: The Law of Unintended Consequences

There are some achievements that one must simply stand in awe of. The Los Angeles Times reports that “A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico.”

That is sad repayment for good intentions. The administration has been trying to do good all around the world. It’s opposition to the Second Amendment, for example, probably motivated Fast and Furious. But though intended to benefit “the children” it proved hell on Mexican police chiefs. But that brouhaha may be as nothing next to the effects of its principled paralysis/intervention in Syria which Britain’s Home Office counterterror chief  now claimed posed the biggest threat to the UK and Europe “for a decade”.

Charles Farr said there are thousands of al-Qaeda-inspired fighters now operating in the war torn country with many wanting to attack the UK and other Western nations. He said there has never been so many groups and fanatics linked to the terror organisation so close to Europe.

Mr. Farr ain’t seen nothing yet.


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