In the aftermath of the tragic terrorist attack in Boston, it is encouraging to note the reexamination of US immigration policy to limit the numbers of potential terrorists who may legally enter our country with less background investigation than is appropriate and necessary.
In addition we must be sensitive to the feelings of the general American Muslim community, who are blameless for this recent terrorist action and other terrorist actions. Worldwide Islamic terrorism does reflect on the Muslim community here; and hellish Islamic terrorist actions have taken place on American soil. Yet, we must remember that the vast majority of Muslims in this country are not terrorists nor terrorist sympathizers, and should be respected as blameless, honorable, hardworking, peaceful US citizens.
We should avoid labeling those that “share .. religious, ethnic … characteristics as dangerous and/or evil, but rather seek to bring to justice the perpetrators of these [violent acts] and those who would seek to harm us, and through government policy institute laws to protect all of our citizens… …we should teach our children in our homes to be peaceable to others through our words and our actions."- Alan Fine, U of M, April 2013
CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad condemned the attack. The Muslim American Public Affairs Council, a statewide inter-faith group based in Raleigh, also issued a statement Friday. The group “strongly condemns terror, all sorts of violence and the barbaric attack and the killing of innocent marathon runners, civilians and our brave law enforcement personnel in Boston and everywhere. “MAPAC and its members pray for the victims and stand in support of their families and of the law enforcement organizations in Boston and in USA.”
Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry has created a peace movement through poster art and facebook.
One night, Edry concluded that the escalation of tensions between Israel and Iran, the threat of war, has gone too far. So he decided to send a personal message to the Iranian people. His message being: "We (Israel) Love You."
His message has morphed into an international global protest for "peace" between Iran, Israel and others.
CBS news and 60 minutes reporter Lara Logan calls out the Obama Admin. for advancing the "Major Lie" that the Taliban is weakened in Afghanistan by the US military. Logan gave a blistering speech in Chicago this past week that ripped the administration for the way it has handled the war in Afghanistan and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. –Real Clear Politics 10/10/12. Regarding Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was murdered, Logan stated that she hopes the U.S. will "exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil. That its ambassadors will not be murdered, and that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it."
”There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. –partly fed to us by “Taliban apologists,” claiming that “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she stated. “It’s such nonsense!” Logan told the crowd.”
“She made a passionate case that the Obama Administration is purposely downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. We have been lulled into believing that the perils are in the past”- L Washington Chicago Sun times 10/7/12: “You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.” Our enemies “are writing the story”, and “there’s no happy ending for us”. “The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, she added. They’re coming back”.-L. Logan
“I knew that we were being lied to, I knew that the American people were being misled”.[referring to the Obama Administration] “If you fail to identify what your enemy is really fighting for--If you lie about who they really are [the Taliban and al Qaida], I don’t see how you could possibly have the right strategy” “Our way of life [in America and the West] is under attack”---Lara Logan
CBS’s Lara Logan is a respected, veteran war reporter/journalist who endured a lengthy, horrific beating and sexual assault by a large mob of Egyptian men in Tahir Square, Cairo during the so called “Arab Spring” celebrations, barely escaping with her life.
I take issue with the Stribs recent Ed. 9/2/12 which stated that-“Obama’s foreign-policy record is strong, and contrasts favorably with Romney’s bellicose rhetoric..”
I find Mr. Romney’s recent rhetoric refreshing, starkly contrasting the Obama Administration foreign policy of the past four years. “President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus, even as he has relaxed sanctions on Castro’s Cuba. He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defense commitments, but is eager to give Russia’s President Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election. Under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty”- M. Romney 2012 RNC
The past four years of the Obama Administration has seen a clear shift away from supporting Americas allies and in support of the enemies of democracy. Some on the left call this a diplomatic balancing of foreign policy. Yet, this “balancing” includes the dumping of Americas traditional allies. This can only result in the strengthening of Americas foes who view American abandonment of its own friends as a policy of weakness, not strength.
As regards the Obama Administrations four-year-cold diplomacy towards Israel vs. its warming to Arab governments, there is “A clear-cut example of both the Obama administration's willingness to adhere to anti- Semitic policies of anti-Semitic governments and the Left's willingness to defend this bigoted behavior is the Obama administration's decision not to invite Israel to participate in its new Global Counterterrorism Forum. The GCTF was founded with the stated aim of fostering international cooperation in fighting terrorism. But for the Obama administration, it was more important to make Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, who supports the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist groups, feel comfortable, than it was to invite Israel to participate. Not only did the US exclude Israel, at the GCTF's meeting last month in Spain, Maria Otero, the State Department's under secretary for civilian security, democracy and human rights, seemed to embrace the Muslim world's obscene claim that Israelis are not victims of terrorism because terrorism against Israel isn't terrorism….
So despite the fact that Israel is a major target of terrorism, and despite the fact that many of the states the US invited to its forum condone terrorism against Israel and support terrorist groups that murder Israeli Jews, Israel is better off being excluded, because the anti-Jewish governments invited by the Obama administration will somehow totally change their perspective on anti-Jewish terrorism as long as they don't have to suffer the irritation of sitting in the same room as real-live representatives of the Jewish state. ”-C. Glick 8/24/12
The GCTF was launched officially in New York and jointly chaired by US Sec of State H. Clinton and the Turkish FM. According to the GCTF website, “The GCTF was committed to reducing the vulnerability of people everywhere to terrorism. Helping countries defend themselves against threats within their borders and regions crucial to achieving this goal.” The GCTF includes several Arab nations but no Israel, a primary victim of international terrorism.