What is it about our country that condemns us to such short attention spans? Is it a new thing, owing to the glut of media? Or is this just the hallmark of human beings, that we can only dwell on the darkness for so long before it’s too much? Either way, it seems that we all forget about Islamic terrorism in between attacks only to remember at times like these that America is facing down the greatest evil of modern times. In between, we distract ourselves with everything else going on in both our world and the larger one.
That might be okay, except that the left is using our short attention span against us. They retreat when the bombs go off and then return a few weeks later after everyone has gone back to their regularly scheduled programs. And then they start spreading their message of “tolerance” and “love.” Their message of acceptance. Their message that says that Islam has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism.
But for right now, no one wants to hear that crap. In the immediate wake of another terrorist attack – this one in Brussels – the American people want strength. And they won’t find any of it from the Democrats running for president (nor, certainly, the one who currently inhabits that office. When it comes to strength against Islamic terrorism, the choice is clear.
On the radio with Michael Savage, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said Tuesday that we would be wise to begin surveilling potential Islamists inside the United States. And he said that Obama’s refusal to say the words, “Islamic terrorism” are emblematic of the problem. “We have to have a president that’s going to use the term and say it like it is,” Trump said.
In the interview, Trump also criticized the U.S. government’s stance on torture. “We can’t waterboard anymore,” he said. “They have no rules. They chop off heads. They drown people in cages. Yet we can’t waterboard.”
Whatever you happen to think about Trump’s position on waterboarding, he is right about what’s keeping us from defeating ISIS. The Obama administration has been so terrified of civilian casualties that we are unable to strike this enemy where they live. It’s not a bad thing to make an effort to preserve innocent lives, but how many innocent lives will be lost in the meantime? At some point, we need leadership that understands how to run a cost/benefit analysis.
Trump’s opponents, Ted Cruz, also released a statement regarding the attack. “For years, the West has tried to deny this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear,” Cruz said. “We can no longer afford either. Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods. We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here.”
Cruz, too, called for American law enforcement agents to begin surveilling Muslim communities.
And just to put the story straight, State Department spokesman John Kirby assured the country that the Brussels attacks didn’t change Obama’s mind about Islamic terrorism. “We don’t believe that it is indicative in any way of the Muslim faith or the people who practice Islam as a religion,” Kirby said.
You may not believe it, Mr. Kirby, but you’re in a rapidly shrinking minority.