Wednesday, March 23, 2016
One of the reasons that this blog was late in posting was that I was going to write more about Gloria's remarks Monday night, but then the terrorists attacks happened.
We, Western civilization, must accept the fact that we are at War. The war is not against a nation or a religious or ethnic group but against terrorist who happen to be Islamic.
Once again Islamic terror has struck at innocent individuals. The ISIS attack in Brussels was one that was feared and happene3d despite all Belgian counter terrorist efforts. Yes Brussels was known to be a center of radical Islam; the focus for the Paris attacks.
Terrorist Islamic attacks against civilians are not limited against Westerners but by various other Islamic groups worldwide, including the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan; ISIS in Iraq local Islamic groups in Indonesia Somalia, Tunisia, and Mali: and multiple ones by the Boko Haram in Nigeria, and Chad. In these countries most are directed at native Muslims a well as Christians in order to cause chaotic and bring down the government.
Wikipedia notes that since January 2015 there have been 18 directed at Western Civilians. Some of the most notable were: January 7–9, 2015 – A series of five attacks in and around Paris kill 17 people, plus three attackers, and leave 22 other people injured. February 14–15, 2015 – 2015 Copenhagen shootings. A gunman opened fire at the Krudttoenden café and later at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, killing two civilians and injuring five others. , May 3, 2015 – Two gunmen attacked the Curtis Culwell Center during a 'Draw Muhammad' cartoon art exhibit in Garland, Texas . 2 dead (perpetrators, June 26, 2015 – 2015 Sousse attack – Attack in Tunisia against two tourist hotels, over 28 people died. June 26, 2015 – Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack – Beheading in a factory near Lyon, head marked with Arabic writing and Islamist flags. Gas canisters planted provoked a fire. 1 dead, 11 injured. November 13, 2015 – A series of terrorist attacks in Paris kill 137, and wound 368. They involved a series of coordinated attacks which consisted of mass shootings and suicide bombings. This incident was the most fatal December 2, 2015, two people, one of whom posted on Facebook an "oath of allegiance" to the leader of ISIL, shot and killed 14 people and injured 21 others in a killing spree that the FBI was investigating as "act of terrorism".
The problem is that we must accept the fact that terrorism against civilians is the norm for radical groups, be they Islamic or of other religious and ethnic origins. This is a way of life that we have to expect. Indeed we have been lucky that except for 9/11 there has been no successful attack on our subways or tunnels or our power grids.
Fortunately, our mass public events except for the Boston Marathon have to date escaped attacks be it due to good intelligence and counter measures of which we should be kept unawares or just plain luck.
None the less that cannot go on forever. Thus we must realize that THERE ARE NO RULES IN WARFARE. We must use all an every means available to counter act which may mean access to all possible communications among suspected individuals. In this respect our Constitutional rights and protections can be violated as long as it is not used against non-terrorist suspect who happen to disagree with the authorities. If that occurs we have become a police state, no better than Putin’s Russia or Hitler’s Germany.
We must also understand that we have to be militarily aggressive on the ground and in the air to defeat the nucleus of the terrorists. Yes, we should avoid if possible collateral civilian casualties unless they are being used by the terrorists.
Have repeatedly stated that one cannot fight a war by rules when the object is to kill or preferably incapacity the enemy. Terrorist have no rules and we should not hinder ourselves with impractical idealism.
We must also be realistic in how we will conduct our war, knowing that we too will have casualties. But Cruz’s carpet bombing or reliance on airfare alone will never destroy the enemy. Britain’s experience in WWII should have proven that. That means we and trusted allies must have boots on the ground. The key is trusted local allies.
At the same time we must reject Trump’s attacks on an entire ethnic group including immigration and local settlements as well as their houses of worship.We all are the product of immigration either voluntarily or forced. All have had to assimilate into the American culture and most have. Those who have retained their DNA of bigotry are as much a danger as terrorists. We should vote with that in mind in November.