Russian leader Vladimir Putin once said, “Terrorism has no nationality or religion.” Since the point of terrorism is to strike fear in the masses through violent acts, it is therefore true that terrorism is not the province of any particular nationality or religion and we should not look upon it that way. We must instead look to who is perpetrating these acts and put a face on the enemy—which is to say, we must name them.
Today, a minority population claiming to be Islamic is defining with acts of terror how the world views Islam and the Islamic majority is, for the most part, sitting back and allowing that to happen. Instead of being thought of as the “religion of peace,” Islam is being associated with violence, intolerance, and jihad worldwide. This is not a fault of the American people or any other nationality. Terroristic acts themselves dictate that one either succumbs to the perpetrators or decides to eradicate them from the face of the earth. For the moment, terrorism is being carried out in the name of Islam and it surely is up to the people of Islam to stop it.
Americans are right to feel cautious about embracing Islam. Immediately after the attack on the World Trade Center, an effort commenced to build a Muslim community center and mosque two blocks from the site, almost as if to commemorate this heinous act. This was perceived by most Americans as a poke in the eye since building triumphant mosques on conquered sites is not unheard of, and other, less offensive spaces could have been found. Today, despite articles in both The Washington Post and The New York Post to the contrary, the media claims no Muslims celebrated as the Twin Towers lay in rubble. And so, based on experience, Americans are dubious about forming alliances with those who practice Islam, i.e., Muslims.
Now as the Trump Administration has sought to slow down a migration of refugees into the USA, every ambulance-chasing lawyer is lining up at the nation’s airports to offer his services pro-bono to the victims of Trump’s executive action concerning nations that coddle/harbor/breed terrorists. Yes, that’s right—just a few more acts of liberal symbolism over substance. Young, military-aged men from the Middle East are pouring into our country with vetting that likely amounts to filling out an application form. The Left cries, “Oh, the poor women and children,” yet it is the young men who fill out the refugees’ ranks. Why are they not staying at home and defending their countries and families?
In truth, the Left cares only for the voting bloc these refugees represent—they are no more compassionate than you or I. They spend their time bleating about President Trump’s executive order being unconstitutional (on what grounds, I wonder) but were silent in 2011 when Mr. Obama similarly halted immigration from Iraq for six months. The Left would like these refugees to think they are entitled to the same rights as U.S. citizens, but in reality, they have no rights whatsoever. Like it or not, they are supplicants or applicants to America--we decide if they can enter, not them. It is not unreasonable to wait three months to strengthen our vetting process.
In the coming days, the fight over the Muslim Ban (a pejorative and untrue phrase the press insisted on using for days) will take its due course through our court system. Already the liberal judges who infest the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have upheld their stay of President Trump’s travel ban, and it remains to be seen if he will take it to the Supreme Court, or rewrite the Executive Order and try again. Unfortunately, our current system allows judges—who are not elected—to sit on the bench and re-write the laws rather than enforce the laws on the books. It is therefore reasonable to conclude that if we are attacked again, the blame will lay squarely with judges who put ideology before safety. Moreover, the Progressive Left of this nation just might prove Vladimir Putin wrong.
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