Is Our Homeland Secure?

As we witnessed with the attack in Manchester, England, there are terrorists lurking, likely in virtually every country in the world that permits visa entries, and maybe some that don’t.  And that is most of the countries…including our own United States of America.  To deny this is pure folly and an invitation to a disaster, yet we seem not to pay much attention to this potential threat.

Our borders remain porous, especially the Northern border where one could walk across any number of places remaining unseen with no need to hide.  The Minneapolis area seems ideally situated and close enough to the Canadian border for problems to occur, especially given the large Muslim population already in that area.

We’ve had some of our own experiences with such attacks so we can empathize with those in the rest of the world.  Might we find ourselves in the shoes of England?  Absolutely yes.  It only takes one person who has failed to be assimilated into our society.  That can occur with or without visible signs, but assimilation is an individual thing, not a group thing.

When we think, let alone write, in these terms, we risk being accused of Islamophobia.  Phobia is defined as a persistent irrational fear.  I would agree with the persistent portion but I disagree significantly with the ‘irrational’ portion of that definition.  Here is a list of facts, thanks to KB, that seem to decry the irrational part of the definition:

The Manchester, England bombing was by Muslims.  The shoe bomber was a Muslim.  The Beltway snipers were Muslims.  The Fort Hood shooter was a Muslim.  The USS Cole bombers were Muslim.  The “Underwear Bomber” was Muslim.  The Madrid train bombers were Muslims.  The Times Square bomber was a Muslim.  The Bali nightclub bombers were Muslims.  The London subway bombers were Muslims.  The Moscow theater attackers were Muslims.  The PULSE nightclub shooter was Muslim.  The Boston Marathon bombers were Muslims.  The Iran embassy takeover was by Muslims.  The Pan-Am #103 bombers were Muslims.  The San Bernardino shooters were Muslims.  The Air France Entebbe hijackers were Muslims.  The Beirut embassy bombers were Muslims.  The Libyan embassy attack was by a Muslim.  The Buenos Aires suicide bombers were Muslims.  The Kenyan embassy bombers were Muslims.  The Isreali Olympic Team attackers were Muslims.  The Saudi Khobar Towers bombers were Muslim.  The Beslan Russian school attackers were Muslims.  The Achille Lauro cruise ship attackers were Muslims.  The 1993 World Trade Center bombers were muslims. The Bombay and Mumbai India attackers were Muslims.  The September 11th airplane hijackers were Muslims.

There would seem little if anything pointing to our concerns as being irrational.  Maybe, had we been concerned sooner, some of these occurrences could’ve been avoided.  Beyond that…

ISIS is an Islamic terrorist organization.  Al-Qaeda is an Islamic terror organization.  The Taliban is an Islamic terror organization.  Hamas is an Islamic terror organization.  Hezbollah is an Islamic terror organization.  Boko Haram is an Islamist terror organization.  Al-Nusra is an Islamist terror organization.  Abu Sayyef is an Islamic terrorist organization.  Al-Badr is an Islamist terror organization.  The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamist terror organization.  Lashkar-e-Taiba is an Islamist terror organization.  The Palestine Liberation Front is an Islamist terror organization.  Ansaru is an Islamic terrorist organization.  Jemaah Islamiyah is an Islamic terror organization.  The Abdullah Azzam Brigades is an Islamic terrorist organization.

Continuing to be politically correct by sticking our heads in the sand gains us nothing but the greater potential for more such strikes going forward.  We are not immune to these attacks as is pointed out by remembering the towers toppling to the ground In New York City.

Our border security is tremendously important as is our continuing awareness of the threats we face.  We can do that “Ostrich” thing, but that will only result in us getting hit with something we didn’t see coming because we were frightened to think such a thing could occur.

We live in the real world, not some imaginary utopia.  We need to remember that fact and deal with others accordingly even if we wish that weren’t necessary.  There are “Good Guys”, “Not-so-good Guys”, and “Bad Guys.”  Losing sight of that in the name of political correctness is folly of the highest order.

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