Terrified Of Terrorism

Terrorism

Sure there are terrorism scares that are just hoaxes, and generally-speaking, we feel quite protected by our nation’s values, wealth, and entrepreneurial spirit, by Homeland Security, and by being surrounded with the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and our friendly neighbors Mexico and Canada. 

So we can be very assured–no fear, right?  That’s what we need and want to function normally in every day life.

But perhaps behind the veil of daily bravado is a not-so subtle fear about something really bad happening again–whether a 9/11 or a San Bernardino or a Boston Bombing or anything in between or even possibly more extreme, including attacks on our critical infrastructure (via kinetic means, cyber attacks, or EMP weapons) or even attacks with WMD (from anthrax to nukes in suitcases)–there is certainly plenty of attack vectors, means, and bad actors. 

It was interesting-scary, the other day, there was a video circulating on Facebook of a “radical Muslim”-like character with a turban or something distinctive (I can’t really remember) and carrying a backpack. In scene after scene, the character goes up to innocent bystanders and throws his backpack in their direction. The people didn’t know him or what was in the backpack or why he was throwing it in their direction. Yet, over and over again, the people jumped up hysterically in fear running for cover like there was very possibly no tomorrow. 

Similarly, we watch on the news almost daily of terrorist attacks around the world–school attacks, beach attacks, restaurants and cafe attacks, theater attacks, grocery store attacks, house of worship attacks, funeral attacks, ambulance attacks…and there literally is no end to this list of what and who is considered a legitimate target by terrorists–we all are.

In the last couple of weeks, there was surveillance captured of Muslim women visiting a number of synagogues in Miami around the same time and asking questions suspiciously–could they have been staking these out for possible future attack, similar to the attack on a Jerusalem synagogue with butcher knives, axes, and guns that massacred people praying and in devotion to their maker?

In the last half a year, we have seen terrorism morph in Israel from volleys of missiles indiscriminately shot at cities, tunnels to attack and abduct, and suicide/homicide bombings to become up close and personal butcher knife attacks in the throat, chest, and back of victims old, young, man, women. Everyone who is available to kill is being called to martyrdom, even the most little children being indoctrinated to slash and thrust a knife into any unsuspecting victim. 

So as we listen and watch the goings-on in the world and we say to ourselves those attacks happen in Paris and London and Turkey and Ukraine and Libya and Tunisia and Nigeria and Yemen and Lebanon and Syria and Iraq and Kuwait and Pakistan and Afghanistan and India and Indonesia and and and…but not [so much] over here. 

We say it, and we hope it, and we pray it, but in the back of our minds we instinctively fear otherwise. 

So while panic is certainly not helpful, perhaps phony bravado is not what is really needed either, but rather a renewed focus, investment, and commitment to our security–with more gates, guns, guards, intelligence, and advances in technology to stop the next attack(s). 😉

(Source Photo: here with attribution to Irina Slutsky)

Living In The Dark Ages–Of Hate, Violence, and Endless Excuses

Palestinian Terrorists

Despite the enlightenment of everything technology has to offer, we are as a global society, in many senses, living back in the Dark Ages again.


Unbelievable terror and killings have become routine and yet we have become deaf and desensitized to it. 


– Using chemical weapons…what red line? 


– Dropping barrel bombs…heck, at least it’s not more chemical weapons. 


– Besieging of cities…how about a short truce to let in some much needed humanitarian aid?


– Beheadings on YouTube…already so cliche. 


– Burning people alive in cages or crucifying them…grotesque, but what were they doing there anyway? 


– Stoning women for being victims of rape or simply for some trumped up charges…sluts, they must’ve deserved it!


– Mass abductions, selling, enslavement, and gang rape of women and children…nice photo op for Bring Our Daughters Home.


– Raining missiles down on cities and digging terror tunnels under borders…well their aim isn’t so good and the tunnels took them a lot of hard work.


– Bombing and shooting up pizzerias, cafes, clubs, hotels, stores, buses, weddings, funerals, and houses of worship…what can you do–it’s a cycle of violence!


– Hacking off limbs, axing and stabbing attacks… of course, a legitimate airing of grievances.


– Flying airplanes into skyscrapers…it was a plot for the Crusaders to invade our lands.


– Building nukes and other weapons of mass destruction along with ballistic missiles, drones, and suitcase bombs to deliver the payload…well, you can’t put the knowledge back in the bottle!


More excuses from the political peanut gallery:


Are we just war-weary, being lazy, fearful, hiding out and putting our heads in the sand for a while, focused on other pressing domestic issues, pivoting east, in need of a better strategy, rooting for and helping the other (wrong/evil) side, a little delusional as to our own national and homeland security here, or perhaps, have some seriously gone off the (rational) deep end? 


Appeasement, disengagement, and withdrawal…vice leadership.


How do we explain this type of insane, immoral world to our children and is this really the type of sick and treacherous world we want to leave to them?


Oh yes, it’s so comfortable and cushy where we are–there is nothing for us to worry about–or is there? 😉


(Source Photo: Facebook)

Terrorism Knows No Boundaries

Stabbing

Another stabbing in Jerusalem–right in the back of the head!


So far 18 terror stabbings in Israel in less than 10 days.


You never know when it’s coming until the blade sears through the air and into the head, neck, chest, or back of the victim.


In an apartment, at a shopping center, riding a bus, on the way to prayer–no one is safe!


Today, one 13-year old boy is in critical condition after being stabbed nearly a dozen times while riding his bicycle in Jerusalem.


The stabbing attacks are coming on top of shootings, stonings, bombings, molotov cocktails, and vehicular hit and runs.


The call for a third Intifada to terrorize and kill Jews in Israel is underway.


This on top of last year’s Gaza War when thousands of rockets where fired targeting Israeli cities and critical infrastructure as well as terror tunnels coming under the border to murder and abduct Israelis.


But Israel is not alone in fighting a wave of global terror–it is engulfing the Middle East and farther–from Libya to Syria, Yemen to Turkey, Iraq to Afghanistan–and hundreds of thousands of refugees are streaming to Europe.


Bombing of markets, weddings, funerals, houses of worship, and even peace rallies.


Chemical weapons, beheadings, hacking off limbs, crucifixions, burning victims alive, abductions of women and children, slavery, and gang rape, are now virtually accepted items in the International news, and on a daily basis. 


Next in the mix–maybe some suitcase or missile-tipped nukes delivered by impassioned Jihadists?


For now, we are watching from our perch of safety and security here and in Europe, but what when what we witness happening “over there” eventually comes over here…


Have we become so used to and callous to all the terrorism that we barely even blink an eye anymore when we read, hear, or see it?


While terrorism knows no physical boundaries, perhaps with an ever-increasing tempo of sickeningly outrageous and barbaric terrorist acts, it knows no boundaries to our soul anymore either.  😉


(Source Photo: Facebook via Documenting Anti-Semitism)