I’m sure you are seeing it all over social media, Pray for Brussels, Stand with Belgium, Unite with Brussels, etc. It makes everyone feel good to change their Facebook page image to a Belgium flag or some other symbol of solidarity, and that is fine, I’m all for it, but it just isn’t enough.
Saying these things and posting these images make us feel good and help people feel like they did something about a very bad situation, but these radical Islamists hope that is all you do, because it does not stop them or change their goal of a world dominated by Islam.
Only a day after the Belgium minister warned of revenge attacks after arrest of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, Brussels was rocked by explosions. ISIS has claimed responsibility as a revenge for the capture of their member Salah Abdeslam.
So far there have been at least 31 people killed and 187 injured from the three explosions that ripped through the Brussels airport and a metro station on Tuesday. Security services found and destroyed a third bomb after two blasts at the airport killed at least 11 people and injured around 100.
Alphonse Youla, 40, who works at the airport, told Reuters he heard a man shouting out in Arabic before the first explosion. “Then the glass ceiling of the airport collapsed.” “I helped carry out five people dead, their legs destroyed,” he said, his hands covered in blood.
A photograph of three male suspects was taken at Zaventem Airport. Two of them seem to have committed suicide attacks. The third, wearing a light-colored jacket and a hat, is actively being sought after he had been seen running away from the airport building. Local media said police had found an undetonated suicide vest in the area.
Officials said 20 died on the metro train close to European Union institutions. It was unclear still what caused the blast but a news agency linked to Islamic State said that too was a suicide attack.
Two, possibly three intact explosive devices have been found in raids conducted at more than one location in Brussels, two law enforcement officials tell NBC News. It was reported earlier that an IED containing nails was located during raids in the Schaerbeek neighborhood, but it is not clear where these newly reported discoveries were made.
The arrest of Salah Abdeslam several hundred yards from his family home left authorities trying to determine the extent to which Europe’s most wanted man relied on friends, family and the larger Muslim community to stay undetected since the Nov. 13 attacks.
Officials said the investigation into the Paris attacks suggests that fighters trained in Syria could enter Europe as refugees and then tap such a network of local sympathizers to prepare new strikes. The number of people “in the know” suggests that more than just terrorists are involved and that the “peaceful Muslims” have helped or at least turned a blind eye to the fighters amongst them.
Belgian officials say two months before the November Paris attacks, Abdeslam linked up with fighters from Syria. Salah Abdeslam picked up both Mr. Kayal and Mr. Belkaid in Budapest, where they had taken cover in the wave of Syrians fleeing war, officials said.
A U.S. official said Islamic State has been hiding fighters without European passports in the flow of migrants. “They are taking advantage of the migrant crisis,” said the official.
Investigators haven’t determined precisely where Salah Abdeslam met the other fighter, Mr. Choukry, and brought him to Brussels, but it was also allegedly ahead of the Paris attacks. The two men were stopped and fingerprinted in Germany on Oct. 3.
A French national, the 26-year-old Abdeslam grew up in Molenbeek, a poor but gentrifying neighborhood of Brussels with a large Muslim population. Molenbeek appears to be one of the places where the Paris attackers organized the November terror.
Abdeslam told Belgian investigators that he had originally intended to blow himself up on Nov. 13 with other suicide bombers at the Stade de France soccer stadium, but he changed his plans at the last moment.
“People are coming over from Syria constantly,” said Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens on television on Sunday. “They are unknown to us; often they haven’t been to Europe before. That’s a challenge we face: the cooperation between local networks that are very integrated and people who are trained and come from the Middle East.”
Muslims are concentrated in certain areas of Belgium like Brussels where 25% of the population are Muslim. Other areas may have much lower concentrations like the 4.0% in Wallonia and 3.9% in Flanders.
Europe has been flooded by Syrian refugees, with reports of attacks, rapes and unrest in Germany, France, Britain, Sweden and more countries in the EU.
Syrian Christians and non-Sunni Muslims have been singled out for persecution by ISIS and other jihadist groups fighting there, yet 93% of Syrian immigrants to the U.S. have been Sunni Muslims.
Islam will become the second-largest religious group in the United States by 2050, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. Islam’s spectacular birthrates, the relative youth of Muslims and the increase in Muslim immigration into the United States combine to account for its accelerated growth rate in the U.S.
As the fastest-growing religion in America, by the year 2050, the number of Muslims is projected to more than double, surpassing Judaism as the country’s second-largest religious group after Christianity. Those identifying with Islam are projected to comprise 2.1% of the U.S. population.
One major concern is the dismal rate of integration of Muslims into other cultures, they simply do not care for the laws and traditions of the countries that are taking them in and want to make those countries Islamic.
Even the “Great melting Pot” the United States has had an issue with Muslim integration when a recent poll showed over 51% of U.S. Muslims want Sharia law to replace American law and 60% of young Muslims said they were more loyal to Islam than to the U.S.
Omar Ahmad, co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the top Muslim lobby group in Washington: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
In the last 2 years, at least 80 ISIS supporters have been arrested in the United States that were making plans for attacks or supplying goods and funds to ISIS to support them in Syria or Iraq. As we start to take in more refugees, this number will increase, we just have to hope we catch them before they are allowed to strike out at Americans.
Security all over Europe and the U.S. has been increased, but the attacks show how meaningless security preparations actually can be since Brussels was already on high alert because of the arrest of Salah Abdeslam.
There are simply too many “soft targets” in our country to effectively protect and the increase of security at airports in the U.S. since 9-11-01 has managed to catch no terrorists at all. Meanwhile the TSA has had more than 400 employees that had to be fired for theft or various other crimes.
The attackers in Brussels knew they could not get through the security measures in place to get near the aircraft, but the ticketing lines are always packed with people and are not secured locations. There are many locations like this where there are many people crowded together with no to minimal security.
Is Islam Dangerous?
A recent poll in Denmark showed that Muslims are now more likely to take the word of the Quran literally, and that the teaching of the Islamic holy book should be implemented directly. In 2006 62% of the people agreed with the statement “the Quran’s instructions should be followed completely”. That number has grown to 77% today, a very strong majority.
While we constantly hear that the more violent verses of the Quran, which includes commandments to slay the enemies of the religion, have been taken out of context or are not to be interpreted literally, the view of three quarters of Muslims living in Denmark seems to contradict this view.
The Quran does contain at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
The Holy Bible also contains violence but unlike the Quran, it is usually held in a historical context and not used as open ended marching orders for the religion. But all Muslims do not follow the Quran in the literal sense and interpret it somewhat differently.
Most contemporary Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book’s call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence. Their apologists cater to these preferences with tenuous arguments that gloss over historical fact and generally do not stand up to scrutiny. Still, it is important to note that the problem is not bad people, but bad ideology.
Protecting ourselves from radical Islam is a losing proposition and one that can ever be done well enough to ever feel safe again. We must stop them by killing them. You cannot hug away the hatred or pray away the barbaric actions of these people as I have seen some suggest, you have to kill them.
President Obama made good on his threat and nominated what he and many liberals consider a moderate choice for the Supreme Court vacancy created with the death of Antonia Scalia. The President’s choice is the perfect judge to move the Supreme Court far to the left and his liberal legacy for decades.
Garland was born on November 13, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Harvard Law and became special assistant to the U.S. attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice, before entering private practice in Washington, D.C. Garland joined the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in 1993, where he supervised the prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombing and Unabomber cases, before being confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1997.
In a questionnaire submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1995, Garland wrote:
“I provided volunteer assistance on a Presidential Debate for President Clinton in October 1992 and for Michael Dukakis in October 1988. I did some volunteer work for Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign in 1983-84. As a college student, I worked two summers for the campaign of my then-congressman, Abner Mikva, in 1972 and 1974.”
Judge Garland once clerked for the court’s liberal icon, Justice William Brennan, and was reportedly considered for a cabinet post in President Obama’s administration.
Liberals consider Merrick Garland a judicial moderate and it is still unknown how hard the true progressives will fight for him to get a nomination, although most are expected to try and push Republicans to get a confirmation hearing.
Democracy for America, a progressive activist group launched by Howard Dean, called the choice of Garland deeply disappointing. Executive Director Charles Chamberlain said, “This selection will make it harder to excite grassroots progressive about the slog ahead.”
Kurt Walters from the online advocacy group Demand Progress said that Obama had “missed the opportunity to solidify his legacy by appointing a true progressive.”
Another leftwing group, CREDO, said that Garland wasn’t likely to be a progressive champion, but that he’s clearly qualified.
How the Democrats call this man a moderate is baffling and also downright scary when you start to consider what their idea of a true progressive judge would be.
A History of Anti-Gun Decisions
In 2000, Judge Garland Ruled in favor of the Federal Government plan to retain Americans’ personal information from background checks for firearm purchases. The federal appeals court ruled that the FBI can hold on to gun purchase records for six months to ensure that the federal computer system that conducts millions of instant criminal background checks is working properly.
The 2 to 1 ruling was a defeat for the National Rifle Association, which argued that the practice amounted to an illegal national registration of gun owners. The NRA contended that the law requires the FBI to destroy records of approved purchases immediately.
In 2004, he ruled against rehearing another pivotal Second Amendment case (Seegars v. Gonzales), thereby casting a vote against the individual right to Keep and Bear Arms.
In 2007, he ruled in favor of reviewing the D.C. Circuit’s decision that invalidated the city’s handgun ban, the very ban Scalia helped overturn at the Supreme Court.
There is little doubt that District of Columbia v. Heller would be overturned if Garland is on the bench, which would be the end of the Second Amendment as we currently know it. It would be expected that any new anti-gun legislation that made it to the Supreme Court would be upheld, which would pave the way for many of the nation’s gun restrictions or “assault weapons” bans to be upheld.
A liberal anti-gun judge on the Supreme Court is far more dangerous to the Second Amendment than even a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Not Just Guns Would Be in Danger
Judge Garland’s record on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals proves that he would be a reliable fifth vote for many extreme liberal priorities, not just the gutting the Second Amendment. This would also be the Democrats chance to pass the legalization of partial-birth abortions, which has long been a top goal of the party.
Garland was the only dissenter in a 2002 case striking down an illegal, job-killing EPA regulation nicknamed the Haze Rule. The majority stated that passing the case would have forced businesses “to spend millions of dollars for new technology that will have no appreciable effect” on haze in the area.
He has a long record of deference to unaccountable government bureaucrats at the Department of Labor, EPA and other agencies whose regulations kill jobs and stifle economic growth. I’m sure the Bureau of Land Management would be given full reign to continue stealing even more land because any cases against them would be ignored or ruled in their favor.
No Hearing, No Vote
That is the rally cry of FreedomWorks, the Koch-funded advocacy group, who also added: “This debate is over the process, not the nominee.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that the American people should make the choice based on the direction they go in the General Election. But McConnell has caved to pressure from Democrats before, and it is a 50/50 split on what he will do this time.
Five GOP Senators whose seats are considered endangered and up for reelection appear to be waffling. They are Kelly Ayotte (NH), Mark Kirk (IL), Rob Portman (OH), Ron Johnson (WI) and Pat Toomey (PA). It is expected that Democrats will use the no hearing, no vote against these senators in the upcoming election if they don’t cave to the pressure and call for a vote.
While the Presidential race is getting all the attention, your future could be won or lost with this nomination.
When Barack Hussein Obama was first elected to the office of The President of the United States, many thought that he would bring the country together. The first elected black president would surely prove that race is no longer an issue in this country, right?
His “A More Perfect Union” speech about race relations in 2008 while running for President seemed to show that he really wanted to fix things. He understood that welfare policies were hurting more than helping most Black Americans, and that blaming the middle class white people who work hard and struggle to survive in a time of stagnant wages and jobs being shipped overseas, was not the way to fix it.
If he seemed to have such a good grasp on what was going on, why does it seem that we have taken a huge step backwards over the last 7 years? We are more divided by race, by political party and income than ever before.
In His Own Words
“I do all kinds of soul searching in terms of, are there things that I can do better to make sure that we are unifying the country? But I also have to say, that one of my regrets is the degree to which polarization and the nasty tone of our politics has accelerated rather than waned over the course of the last seven and a half years. The tone of that politics, which I certainly have not contributed to.”
Not contributed to? This man has fanned the racial flames at every chance he has had. He has done it carefully, often trying to talk about a balance while showing the passion only when it really impacts the tension he is striving to inflame.
In a speech about the riots in Baltimore he said,
“We have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals, primarily African-American, often poor, in ways that raise troubling questions. This has been a slow-rolling crisis. This has been going on for a long time. This is not new, and we shouldn’t pretend that it’s new.”
Of course this just caused more distrust of the police and several police men were killed in the weeks following this speech. But, he will never say he contributed to that either.
His carefully crafted tears during an anti-gun speech (yes we saw you rub your eye to make that happen) was sure to get people to give up their guns even though the founding documents of this country specifically protect that right. At some point the Democrats became the anti-constitution party and the President has led the fight against guns, free speech, private property and our own immigration laws.
Never His Fault
“The Republican political elites and many of the information outlets, social media and news outlets, talk radio, television stations have been feeding the Republican base for the last seven years a notion that everything I do is to be opposed. “
Everyone’s fault but his, the “Blamer in Chief” really earns his nickname here and never seems to think that maybe the American people don’t all agree that his approach on every issue which is why he often deals with blowback on things that go against public will or a little something called the Constitution.
It wasn’t his fault that so many Americans lost their health insurance and their doctors when the Affordable Care Act took effect even though he had promised the opposite over and over.
Facts Never Matter
“As a consequence, if you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you’ve been seeing, all you’ve been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you. ISIL is a direct outgrowth of al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion. Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.”
The growth of ISIS (I hate when they keep changing the name of these barbarians) had more to do with the way we pulled out of Iraq and the fact that Obama sent arms and money to them when they were fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Getting rid of Assad was more important than the fact that these people are the sworn enemies of freedom everywhere. However, that truth doesn’t allow Bush to be at fault, so the facts just don’t matter.
He has changed the way unemployment numbers are tallied to make it look like he has done great things and fixed our economy and yet 94 million Americans are out of work and have exhausted their long term unemployment benefits.
He has boasted of a manufacturing surge by saying that nearly 900,000 manufacturing jobs have been created in the past six years. But over his entire time in office, manufacturing jobs have gone down by 230,000 in total. Once again, facts just don’t matter.
The Horrible System of Government He Has Been Forced to Work In
“What’s frustrated people is that I have not been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008. Well, you know, it turns out that our founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.”
This country has survived for so long because of the checks and balances that our founders put in place to keep any person from becoming a tyrant, dictator or in some way replace the King they had just fought so hard to free themselves from. Obama doesn’t seem to appreciate that system.
He has tried to get around that with “Executive Actions”, but is limited in how much he can get away with through that method. Now to be fair, it isn’t that he has written more Executive Actions than others before him, because he hasn’t. It is the scope of his Executive Actions that is concerning as the often go well beyond the power that the Presidents pen is allowed by law.
“As a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. Now I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video.”
Rather than admit his and Sec. Clinton’s gun running scheme from Libya to Syria was the cause for the attack on our embassy that killed four Americans, they blamed a video and went out of their way to appease Muslims for the video, despite the violence that ensued.
The Divider in Chief
“I’m less interested in passing out blame than I am in learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer. For ultimately, the buck stops with me.”
And yet, all he has done is blame others. Blame the police, white privilege, guns, videos and of course Republicans. The man that was supposed to unite us has done the opposite, the country is more divided today than it was 50 years ago and that divide seems to be getting wider.
The country seems closer to a second civil war than any time since the first civil war in many respects and that is not something anyone wants to happen. But the divide, the abuses by our government, racial tensions, social and financial abuses all seem to be leading towards that battle that ends this country as we know it.
I’m not suggesting a firefight on the steps of the Capital Building is going to take place, in fact I doubt the US military would actually be involved in a second civil war as it would be small guerilla type clashes that lead to political pressure and a Third Continental Congress that acts as a type of reset for our government.
Such an action would be a drastic situation and yet many in the country wouldn’t even notice what happened as their lives would go on as normal. Thousands would die in those skirmishes though and martial law would be attempted and that is where the military would either sit out the action or choose a side. Let’s hope this is just my idea for a new work of fiction and not any type of premonition.
Something does need to change though, because this divide seems to be getting bigger every day.