Orlando tragedy, gun control, and radical Islam

Jun 16, 2016 by

The radical Islam terrorist attack in Orlando has once again brought the topics of gun control and radical Islam to the national debate. Adding fuel to the furor is the fact that the site of the terrorism was a gay nightclub. This adds homophobia to the debate along with Islamophobia and the second amendment. Sadly, the last 8 years under President Obama has done little to bring clarity to any of these issues. In fact, the various positions on these topics have grown further apart, rather than heading towards some form of consensus.

What is lamentably apparent, especially on social media like Twitter, is the knee jerk jump to conclusions along with the immediate use of the tragedy to promote a particular political agenda or other world viewpoint. In too many cases it is all to apparent that there is little real anguish or grief for the horrendous loss of life. In fact often the first comments posted are immediate references to the NRA, gun control, homophobia, and how fill-in-the-blank needs to be done now to end the senseless slaughter. If my pessimism and dim view of the human condition are troubling, believe me when I say they trouble me as well. I have lived to see the citizens of our country become increasingly divided over far too many issues.

The sad truth is, there are no simple one step answers to gun violence, radical Islamic terrorism, homophobia, or Islamophobia. That should be readily apparent to anyone in light of the fact that none of these issues are simple in nature or origin. I am not going to go into detail on what I think should or can be done to address any of these issues. I am neither an expert on any of them nor do I have the time to address such complicated issues in a simple post.

What I will say is that jumping on tragedies like this and using them to call for the death of the NRA, taking away the rights of lawful citizens to own firearms, blaming Christians for homophobia, calling for all Muslims to be deported or banned from coming into the country, etc., etc., etc., are not legitimate or even rational answers to any of these issues. What needs to occur is rational, honest, civil debate and national discourse. Peoples individual rights and viewpoints need to be acknowledged during the course of this discourse. The rule of law as well as the Constitution of this great country need to be upheld. There can be no room for self-righteous anger, hatred, and intolerance.

Nothing will be resolved in 140 characters on Twitter or in a Facebook post. Communities, churches, local, state, and national government should focus on these problems and try to discern practical answers that can address these issues while still respecting the Constitution, existing laws, and the rights and freedoms of every citizen. It can and has to be done.

 

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Obama takes first steps towards losing the war with radical Islam

Jan 22, 2009 by

President Obama signed several executive orders today directing the CIA to close its network of secret foreign prisons, close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp within a year and limit interrogation standards to only those outlined in the Army Field manual. These executive orders are only the first of what I am afraid will be many executive orders issued by Obama that will systematically dismantle the infrastructure to fight radical Islam that former President Bush put in place during his administration.

The fact that it is this infrastructure that has prevented any radical Islamic attacks on American soil since 9/11 is one that most liberals and apparently President Obama have either ignored or refuse to acknowledge. How President Obama’s moves to dismantle this infrastructure are going to keep America safe is beyond me. I think Obama’s main motivation is to appease foreign governments and ‘restore’ America’s stature with Muslim and other countries.

The problem with this is that Obama should not be concerned with winning a popularity contest but rather be concerned with winning the war against radical Islam and keeping America safe. If you are wondering why I use the term ‘radical Islam’  instead of ‘terrorism’ it is because I believe in accurately describing what we are actually at war against. As Pat Dollard says on his blog:

Enough with the pseudonyms. Western civilization isn’t at war with terrorism any more than it is at war with grenades. Western civilization is at war with militant Islam, which dominates Muslim communities all over the world.

If President Obama thinks that actions like the ones he is ordering are going to garner us favor with Muslim countries around the world and put America in a more favorable light he is sadly mistaken. While his actions may be well received by the leaderships of some Muslim countries they will not mitigate the hatred that radical Islam has for us and all of Western civilization. Let’s take of the blinders and see the threat that radical Islam poses to us in the light of reality. They don’t hate us because of our support of Israel. They don’t hate us because we have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  They don’t hate us because of Britney Spears.

They hate us because we are infidels and we stand in the way of their plans to wage a war of aggressive expansion and spread of their beliefs. They hate us because we are not Muslims and do not share their particular twisted version of Islam. They hate us because we are not like them. Radical Islam is anathema to everything our country represents. To quote Pat Dollard again:

We don’t lose our souls when we treat our enemies as enemies. We don’t redeem ourselves when we close Guantanamo Bay or try terrorists in civilian courts. When it comes to war, extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and killed more US citizens than the Japanese did during the attack on Pearl Harbor the gloves came off and they need to stay off until radical Islam is no longer a threat to us. Many people, apparently including President Obama, have forgotten that the US firebombed Tokyo and dropped two atomic bombs on Japan before we defeated them . Yet we can’t seem to stomach a little water boarding to save American lives.

I wish you would read the entire article that Pat Dollard wrote about this. It explains far better than I can how misguided actions like the ones President Obama is implementing will not only endanger our lives but threaten the very existence of our country. I know a lot of people will disagree with what I am saying. I can only pray that President Obama will find the wisdom and courage to do what is right and necessary to protect our country from radical Islam. President Bush did so at the cost of ridicule and scorn from many of the very people he so ably defended.

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The Democrats big lie.

May 27, 2008 by

zero-visibilityAsk any Democrat whether they think the war on terror has made our country any safer and the stock answer you will get from them is no. It is an article of faith of Democrats that the Bush administration has done nothing to enhance our security and that in fact mishandling has actually contributed to the number of terrorists who want to harm America. I have to question how anyone can think that our country is not any safer than it was before the war on terror. What facts do the Democrats have to support that belief? These are the facts that I have been able to collect that refute the Democrats big lie.

1988
February: Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Higgens, Chief of the U.N. Truce Force, was kidnapped and murdered by Hezbollah.

December: Pan Am flight 103 from London to New York was blown up over Scotland, killing 270 people, including 35 from Syracuse University and a number of American military personnel.

1991
November: American University in Beirut bombed.

1993
January: A Pakistani terrorist opened fire outside CIA headquarters, killing two agents and wounding three.

February: World Trade Center bombed, killing six and injuring more than 1,000.

1995
January: Operation Bojinka, Osama bin Laden’s plan to blow up 12 airliners over the Pacific Ocean, discovered.

November: Five Americans killed in attack on a U.S. Army office in Saudi Arabia.

1996
June: Truck bomb at Khobar Towers kills 19 American servicemen and injures 240.

June: Terrorist opens fire at top of Empire State Building, killing one.

1997
February: Palestinian opens fire at top of Empire State Building, killing one and wounding more than a dozen.

November: Terrorists murder four American oil company employees in Pakistan.

1998
January: U.S. Embassy in Peru bombed.

August: Simultaneous bomb attacks on U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed more than 300 people and injured over 5,000.

1999
October: Egypt Air flight 990 crashed off the coast of Massachusetts, killing 100 Americans among the more than 200 on board; the pilot yelled “Allahu Akbar!” as he steered the airplane into the ocean.

2000
October: A suicide boat exploded next to the U.S.S. Cole, killing 17 American sailors and injuring 39.

2001

September: Terrorists with four hijacked airplanes kill around 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

2002
October: Diplomat Laurence Foley murdered in Jordan, in an operation planned, directed and financed by Zarqawi in Iraq, perhaps with the complicity of Saddam’s government.

2003
May: Suicide bombers killed 10 Americans, and killed and wounded many others, at housing compounds for westerners in Saudi Arabia.

October: More bombings of United States housing compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killed 26 and injured 160.

2004
There were no successful attacks inside the United States or against American interests abroad.

2005
There were no successful attacks inside the United States or against American interests abroad.

2006
There were no successful attacks inside the United States or against American interests abroad.

2007
There were no successful attacks inside the United States or against American interests abroad.

2008
So far, there have been no successful attacks inside the United States or against American interests abroad.

Statistics show that the Bush administration has had remarkable success in making America a safer place, despite Democratic lies to the contrary. While Islamic terrorists continue to carry out successful attacks around the world, in England, Spain, Russia, Pakistan, Israel, Indonesia and elsewhere, no terrorist attacks have been successful in the United States for over four years. This success can be attributed to several things. The success of the war in Afghanistan, defeating the Taliban and depriving al Qaeda of its training grounds. NSA eavesdropping on international terrorist communications. President Bush’s skillful diplomacy in convincing other nations to take stronger actions against their own domestic terrorists. Even the Department of Homeland Security may not be as lame as one might think. There are many more contributing factors to the remarkable success of the Bush administration in defeating terrorism at home and abroad, but Democratic contributions are not among them. The Democrats were opposed to almost every initiative the Bush administration proposed to fight the war on terror. But despite the Democrats best efforts, our country is safer now than it was before September 2001. So the next time you hear a Democrat say our country is not safer now than it was four years ago, be sure to stand up and call them on their lie.

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