Can we be serious for a moment?

Like everyone of my readers I’m sure, I’m devastated over the carnage in Paris. I have a deep hurt for any family affected by this atrocity. It’s an all too common news item. I’d like to address this issue in this blog. I try to be neutral when posting any “political” blogs, as you may have noticed. This one will not be. I expect the more liberal readers in my cache of followers will shout “how can you make this political as families are grieving and the blood still runs?!” Have you forgotten the immediate political calls for gun control just hours after a mass shooting in this county? Let’s just call it even.

Talk show host Mark Steyn makes a spot on comment in his editorial that highlights the idiocy of the socialist governments in Europe:

When the Allahu Akbar boys opened fire, Paris was talking about the climate-change conference due to start later this month, when the world’s leaders will fly in to “solve” a “problem” that doesn’t exist rather than to address the one that does. But don’t worry: we already have a hashtag (#PrayForParis) and doubtless there’ll be another candlelight vigil of weepy tilty-headed wankers. Because as long as we all advertise how sad and sorrowful we are, who needs to do anything?”

A shockingly strong statement to be sure, but we have to look at the truths in it. Of course there should be a hashtag and a candlelight vigil. But that seems to be all we are willing to do. We hear about our “secret operations” to deal with ISIS and how we (we being the free countries of the world) don’t need “boots on the ground” to effectively win this opaque war. Our President once called this group the “jayvees.” If the jayvees can blow up  sporting venues and cut down restaurant and theater goers like ducks in a gallery, what butchery will rain down on us when the varsity comes to town?

Just hours before this attack, the President appeared on a morning show and said, quote: “From the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave. But you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”

Well, the fact is, they don’t have to “systematically march” anymore. Europe has eased that requirement by inviting them in without a shot. We are about to do the same thing. I know the liberal mantra: “you can’t judge all Muslims by the few radicals.” But it’s alright to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few? Again, we’re even.

We are soon to invite these same factions onto our shores. Thirty thousand is the number Obama has given us. These refugees are predominantly young men, not women and children. Who is going to vet these refugees? Is it you? Is it Obama? No to both. How well did President Hollande vet those he let into his country? Not very. And this is less than one year since their last terrorist attack in Paris on a newspaper and Jewish delicatessen. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, is being threatened with impeachment because of her namby-pamby attitude toward thousands of unvetted refuges. Do you see the point?

This is a serious issue being egregiously under evaluated by the governments of the free world. This diabolical, religiously radical group has to be taken out where it is rooted. It can be done. It just takes leaders with a spine. As it is with all serious issues not dealt with appropriately, serious consequences invariably ensue. Just ask the families of Paris. Or of 9/11.

I expect this post will cost me some readers. I’m sorry for that. But before you go, let’s revisit a famous quote from philosopher and statesman, Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Thanks for your readership.

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16 Responses to Can we be serious for a moment?

  1. pattisj says:

    In agreement with you here.

  2. pegoleg says:

    Of course my first, second, third, etc thoughts after this tragedy was for the poor victims in France. When I learned that at least one of these animals was let into their country through approved channels, via the current rubber-stamp for migrants of all sorts who are pouring into Europe, my next thought was for the USA. We are going to/have just started to do the same thing. Not only that, I assume we are paying to fly them, where they will undergo a cursory review before being released into our country.

    For God’s sake, can’t we learn???

  3. Margie says:

    Excellent post, Al.
    I thought the following item was an interesting assessment of what America (and the rest of the West) might consider a response to the turmoil in the Middle East:
    http://www.politico.eu/article/the-middle-east-is-falling-apart/

    • Al says:

      Good article Margie. I wish the middle east could solve their own problems….the Muslims need to reign in their own extremists but that’s obviously not in the cards. It’s up to the western powers to do it…and I don’t mean just the U.S. alone. France, Germany, England, they are the ones with the most to lose if it isn’t cut out completely. They should be at the spearhead with our help.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You have liberal followers? Oh dear. The libs I know live in fantasy land, listen to NPR and their little stories about how some “might die” at the border trying to get in to the U.S., then switch to another topic concerning the horrors of “climate change”. I made the mistake of tuning in one morning. I am a loyal follower of Al Hood’s blog! On occasion I hear (on Mark Levin’s radio program) speeches from Ronald Reagan. How inspiring and sensible he was! He would have spoken to America and the world as the leader he was, and not said condescendingly and dangerously “We are not at war with Islam.” He would have strengthened our military instead of weakening it, and this situation we are in never would have escalated. I just wonder how many people have to be slaughtered here and abroad before the pathetic pansies notice.

  5. Marcia says:

    Ever a fan of you and a civilized exchange of views……

  6. Tricia says:

    Good and important post Al. As you might imagine I agree with everything you wrote. Just tonight I was watching the Democratic debate (I know, glutten for punishment here…) and Hillary Clinton just could not bring herself to say the words radical Islam. How in the world can we defeat something we refuse to name? Much more suffering to come I fear.

    • Al says:

      Thanks, Tricia. It’s like the denial stage of cancer (and this is certainly a type of cancer, except the patient is the rest of the rational world.) Once you’re out of the denial stage, treatment begins (in this case, total annihilation of this group.) I doubt we’ll see that with Obama in office. Hollande now says “we close our borders and will devastate these evil cowards.” Typical of socialists, close the barn door after the horse has run away.

      • Tricia says:

        Ha, very true Al and even that moment of sanity won’t last long. By the way it just came out that one of the Paris terrorists was a recent immigrant from Syria. Gee, who could have seen that coming? I heard too that the Obama administration is trying to fasttrack those refugees in to the U.S. Sigh….

  7. Marcia says:

    You make some good points, Al. I part ways with you in that I do believe global warning needs addressing, and I grieve for the many innocent refugees whose lives will now become sadly even more complicated. This IS war… and war is ever hideous, but we have reached a point where it requires engagement suited to a fanatical foe that has no sympathy for any but those who agree with their twisted theology.

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