Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014
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Terrorist among us


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Thanks to the excellent work of the combined law enforcement task force the killer terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings have been, in one case killed, and apprehended in the other.

Now we are faced with a bunch of hand wringing whiners from the left asking why anybody would do this heinous act. We have a multitude of terrorist’s attacks from within and without and we have identified their motives such as Timothy McVeigh who was an anti-government whacko.

In the case of several others such as Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major, the government has failed to identify that one for what it was…..radical Islamist Jihad. It is classified as workplace violence when there is a plethora of evidence that it was related to radical Islam.

The emails with the radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki who was planning terrorist’s attacks for al Qaeda and other postings by Hasan including his demeanor which was reported to the Army and nothing was done about it.

These are dangerous people and we need to be on guard to their hatred of America. They are of course a small group when you talk about the Muslim population of the world. Therefore we should not use their actions as a blanket condemnation of a billion people.

Having said that we still should identify these terrorist for what they are and use our law enforcement capabilities to bring them to justice before they commit their terrorist attacks. Why is that four years later Hasan has still not been brought to trial?

It did take six years to try and convict McVeigh and execute him…a fate he deserved. We have had other terrorist tried and convicted and they are now serving life terms in a maximum security prison.

While there are some bobble heads on TV still not convinced it was terrorist actions that are rooted in the Middle East. Tom Brokaw made one of the most ludicrous statements when he put possible blame on terrorist acts being caused by the killing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Here is the guy who wrote the book on the “Greatest Generation” not being able to distinguish between wartime casualties and deliberate killing of civilians. As a country we do everything possible to not kill civilians but in war and we are at war terrible things happen.

Perhaps Brokaw forgot about Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those attacks were carried out knowing the terrible price the civilian population would incur.

Back to Boston the question remains why after the older brother was the subject of a request (2011) by the Russians to be watched because of possible radical Islamist connections he was interviewed and that were apparently the end of the inquiry. Why didn’t his radical postings on the net get somebody’s attention and why wasn’t closer surveillance carried out?

Why didn’t the FBI notify the Boston police, who like all major departments, have intelligence units to investigate these types of leads? How was he allowed to visit Russia using what passport and where did he go for the six months he was out of the country?

There are plenty of questions to be answered and from some of the double talk we have already been given by the feds it may become another Benghazi with a lot of questions but no answers!

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