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9/11 Fifteen Years Ago

[Timeline courtesy of the Miami Herald.]

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[For my own personal reflections see “Reflections on 9/11” at http://t.co/86kIRapYtf.]

FOUR AIRLINERS HIJACKED

7:59 a.m. American Airlines Boeing 767 Flight 11 leaves Boston for Los Angeles; 87 people aboard
8:14 a.m. United Airlines Boeing 767 Flight 175 leaves Boston for Los Angeles; 60 people aboard
8:20 a.m. American Airlines Boeing 757 Flight 77 leaves Washington’s Dulles Airport for Los Angeles; 59 people aboard
8:42 a.m. United Airlines Boeing 757 Flight 93 leaves Newark, N.J., for San Francisco; 40 people aboard

NEW YORK ATTACKED

8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into World Trade Center north tower
9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into World Trade Center south tower
9:21 a.m. All New York area bridges, tunnels closed
9:30 a.m. Visiting Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., President George W. Bush announces United States under “apparent terrorist attack”

WASHINGTON TARGETED

9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into Pentagon
9:42 a.m. FAA stops all takeoffs, landings at U.S. airports; some international flights diverted to Canada
9:45 a.m. U.S. Capitol, White House evacuated
9:55 a.m. Bush leaves for Barksdale AFB, La., on Air Force One; escorted by six fighter jets
9:57 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 passengers struggle with hijackers over western Pennsylvania

BUILDINGS COLLAPSE

9:59 a.m. World Trade Center south tower collapses
10:00 a.m. U.S. financial markets close, begin longest shutdown since World War I
10:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pa., failing to reach its hijackers’ intended target
10:10 a.m. Side of Pentagon collapses
10:28 a.m. World Trade Center north tower collapses

SHOCKED NATION REACTS

11:02 a.m. NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani orders evacuation of area south of Canal St.
12:30 p.m. 50 flights still in U.S. airspace
1:04 p.m. Bush announces U.S. military on high alert
1:44 p.m. Pentagon says five frigates and guided missile destroyers, two aircraft carriers leaving Norfolk, Va., to protect New York, Washington
1:48 p.m. Bush leaves Barksdale for Offutt AFB, Neb.; Air Force jets begin 24-hour flights over major cities

INFORMATION

4:00 p.m. Officials say Osama bin Laden involved in attacks
4:30 p.m. Bush leaves Offutt for Andrews AFB, Md.
5:20 p.m. Evacuated 47-story building in World Trade Center complex collapses
5:30 p.m. Officials say target of Flight 93 was White House, U.S. Capitol or Camp David in Maryland
6:54 p.m. Bush arrives at White House on Marine One helicopter
8:30 p.m. Bush addresses nation
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Left Wrong on Biggest Stories of 2015

The AP recently listed the top ten news stories of 2015 – and the Left was wrong on every one of them!

Left Wrong - 2015

The pacifist and radical Left, especially as epitomized by the Obama administration, rejects the very notion of a war on terror and denies the existence of Islamic terrorism in America. It prefers to wage war on climate change (a hoax), endemic and institutional racism (a myth), and law-abiding gun owners (a bogeyman), while championing the dissolution of America’s social fabric (e.g., gay marriage and the gay agenda).

1 – Islamic State

The Islamic State was the number one new story of 2015, with good reason: Islamist jihadists have created a terrorist nation-state which is gobbling up whole swaths of the Middle East and their vision of a global caliphate stretches around the globe, with climactic terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino which serve to underscore both their ambitions and their zeal.

Even in the face of the latest atrocities, the Left in general, and the Obama administration in particular,[1] reflexively defend Islam. Even in the face of savage brutality immune to reason, they seek to negotiate peace with these predators.[2] They view poverty – not religious ideology – as the motivating cause of terrorism.[3] Indeed, they hold politically correct conferences which teach the West how to capitulate to Islamists.[4] Refusing to accept reality, they really think that ISIS is contained[5] and the war on terror is over.

2 – Gay Marriage

After decades of indoctrination (via public education, entertainment, academia, and political correctness), a significant number of Americans have fallen for the gay agenda. The Supreme Court recently “settled” the issue of gay marriage. The Left was ecstatic!

The gay agenda has further infiltrated a number of churches,[6] causing them to preach a false gospel. Gay activists seek to stifle the true gospel through the power of the state and mob action (e.g., Sweet Cakes Bakery, Memories Pizza).

The Obama administration has succeeded in its goal of fundamentally transforming America[7] away from traditional values and its Judeo-Christian roots.

The Left champions gender transformation and self-identification as a different race[8] as acts of courage. America is becoming lost in a fog of immorality and tyranny[9] – while the Left applauds.

Kym Davis was denounced for standing up for truth, morality, and the law[10] when she removed to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

3 – Paris Attacks

Islamists committed notorious terrorist acts in Paris in 2015. In the first instance, Obama snubbed the Parisians[11] even as the world stood with them.[12] Right-thinking people advised Obama to stand in solidarity[13] against these terrorists. After the latest attack, Obama continued to insist that climate change is a greater threat than jihadists. The Left, as a whole, went bonkers over that attack, blaming everyone but the terrorists for their terrorism.[14]

4 – Mass Shootings

“Mass shootings” is AP’s catch-all category which includes typical criminal activity, atypical massacres committed by the mentally ill, shootings by white and black supremacists, and Islamic acts of terror. Failure to differentiate between different kinds of violence precludes prevention of that violence.[15]

Unable to split different types of violence into appropriate categories, the Left is left with only one solution: gun control.[16] Indeed, the Left’s answer to all violence, whether committed by criminals, crazed individuals, or fanatical terrorists, is … gun control![17]

The reverse is actually true: more guns, less crime. Gun control is a form of appeasement to criminals. Charles Cooke provides an excellent and thorough explanation and analysis of why the Second Amendment arose and remains relevant today. Moreover, the weapons used in San Bernardino massacre were already illegal.

In addition to reflexively screaming “gun control” at every instance of violence, the Left is wont to wrongly affix blame, usually on conservatives[18] or Christians. For them,

5 – Black Deaths in Encounters with the Police

AP’s sole focus was on the allegations of police brutality and murder and the rationale behind the Black Lives Matter movement, with zero interest in the perspective of the police and the targeting of police for assassination. The Left seems largely apathetic about the illegitimacy of most of those allegations.

“Hands up; don’t shoot” was a fraudulent narrative from the beginning,[19] yet the racial grievance industry continues to regard it as factual.[20] This is one of the Left’s most cherished narratives.[21] As a consequence of perpetuating this racial myth, Ferguson went up in flames.[22] The lives of countless police officers across the country were threatened (some were killed).[23]

Despite all the hype from Black Live Matter activists and the eagerly-complicit media, their memes are false.

Just as the Left refuses to place the blame for terrorism on Islamists, for crime on criminals, for mass shootings on the mentally ill. The Left also refuses to place the blame for dysfunctional black communities in major Democrat cities where it belongs: fifty years of Democrat policies.

Instead, the Left denies the astonishing progress made to achieve Dr. King’s dream[24] and, instead, encourages more violence in the name of alleged black victimhood and black entitlement.[25] Escalating violence in Baltimore[26] is but one of many examples. The “Ferguson Effect” endangers whole communities, including blacks.

6 – Terrorism Worries

Despite the Left’s protestations, Islamic terrorism has been on the rise in America[27] ever since President Obama took office. The AP’s sole entry in this category is the San Bernardino massacre. It completely ignored the many Islamic terrorist attacks committed in the United States[28] during the Obama administration.

The Left regularly employs Orwellian word games for ideological and political purposes. They continually try to redefine terrorism[29] to exclude the actual terrorists committing terrorism and to include their political foes: conservatives[30] and Christians.[31]

Ever-ready to deny the existence of Islamist terrorists,[32] the Left perpetuates the notion that Christians and conservatives are a far greater threat.[33] Perversely, they want to believe this nonsense.[34] A recent poll confirms this observation.

7 – US Election Campaign

The AP only names Trump, Clinton, and Sanders. It totally ignores every[35] Clinton[36] controversy.[37]

The media’s singular obsession with the Trump Phenomenon serves multiple purposes. First and foremost, ratings and money. Second, it enables them to tarnish all Republicans with the Trump brand. Third, it diverts attention away from more credible, serious, and substantive candidates. And fourth, it provides cover for the many character and candidacy flaws of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

8 – Climate Change

That climate change – a non-story – came in number eight on this list shows the extent to which the White House[38] and liberals will promote this myth. Headline: “Obama’s EPA – Holiday Meals Cause ‘Global Warming’’

Meanwhile, despite its efforts to hype global warming, the media ignores those stories which disprove its thesis.

Climate doomsayers have been around for over a century!

9 – Charleston Church Shooting

The Charleston massacre by a white supremacist made the list, fitting the media narrative of black victimhood and white racism. Finally, this very real tragedy gave the Left a singular, high-profile of white villainy. This tragic event, roundly condemned by everyone, sparked a massive campaign to destroy all things Confederate or Southern, from the flag to statues and monuments for Confederates and even America’s founding presidents! (Strangely, college campuses remain awash with courses, posters, and memorabilia exalting the Castro regime and other left-wing causes.)

But the actual surviving victims of the massacre and the citizens of Charleston exhibited genuine Christian charity in their grief.[39]

For the Left, America’s greatest threat comes from whites, conservatives, and Christians. Hence, the media silence over a gay, black supremacist, and Democrat who committed terrorist acts.[40]

10 – Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Last on the Top Ten list, Europe’s migrant crisis exposes the failures of the Obama administration’s strategy of appeasement and disengagement from the world.

Having made America weaker, Obama claims the opposite.[41] Obama’s appeasement of Putin emboldened Putin’s quest to recreate the Russian Empire.[42] Instead, Obama’s policies frustrate America’s friends and strengthen America’s enemies.[43]

Obama’s precipitous withdrawal from Iraq and hands-off approach to Syria created ISIS and enabled it to seize massive amounts of territory and expand its reach globally.[44]

Yet, Obama admits he has no strategy[45] (while claiming it is working) and denies we are at war.[46]

Still, the State Department has the chutzpah to assert as one if its accomplishments in 2015: Bringing Peace, Security to Syria.” Tell that to the Syrian refugees!

Endnotes:

[1]              See “Obama’s Muslim Roots and Sympathies” at http://t.co/3FIt1xmLqV.

[2]              See “Let’s Talk ISIS Into Peace” at http://t.co/x5bJ44gBxY.

[3]              See “Root of Evil: Let’s Put ISIS on Welfare” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7s.

[4]              See “CVE: How to Submit to Jihad” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7x.

[5]              See “ISIS Is Contained!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-bX.

[6]              See “Vicky Beeching and the Lesbian Gospel” at http://t.co/CpHQtj5sGN.

[7]              See “Flags Depict Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America and the World” at http://t.co/xjupplSWD1.

[8]              See “PC Trans-Racial Politics” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aB.

[9]              See “America – Lost in a Fog of Immorality and Tyranny” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aL.

[10]            See “In Defense of Kym Davis AND the Rule of Law” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-bQ.

[11]            See “Obama Snubs Paris, Disses War on Terror” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6S.

[12]            See “We Are All Parisians!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-71.

[13]            See “CPAC: Roman Genn – Solidarity for Liberty” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8f.

[14]            See “The Left Goes Gaga Over Paris Attack” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-c0.

[15]            See “Making Sense of Madness” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aY.

[16]            See “Let’s Stop the Insanity Over Gun Violence” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1o.

[17]            See “Commonsense Guns Laws” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-br.

[18]            See “Left Politicizes Las Vegas Shootings” at http://t.co/dPKxyOnxsH.

[19]            See “Ferguson: Justice, Race, and Reason” at http://t.co/ksowFPCx62.

[20]            See “I’m Black: Truth Does Not Matter” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5t.

[21]            See “Ann Coulter Takes on the Racial Grievance Industry” at http://t.co/YgG2rpgZIc.

[22]            See “Ferguson in Flames” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5I.

[23]            See “Propaganda Kills” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6n.

[24]            See “King’s Dream Realized (sort of)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-76.

[25]            See “Race Myths Exposed!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8Z.

[26]            See “Baltimore ‘Purged’” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8S.

[27]            See “Terror Strikes America – Again!” at http://t.co/nurkdy0GI6.

[28]            See “OK Beheading? Must be Tea Party Christians!” at http://t.co/JeE8yIckeC.

[29]            See “Terrorism Redefined” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-S.

[30]            See “Right-Wing Islamic Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6V.

[31]            See “CPAC: Alleged Christian Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8I.

[32]            See “Islamists Fear Cartoons” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9Z.

[33]            See “’Right-Wing Terrorists’ or Muslim Jihadists” at http://t.co/JriDYcKizd.

[34]            See “Willful Blindness to Reality” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-c9.

[35]            See “Orwell Lives: Dead Broke = $Millions” at http://t.co/85yxboS3lk.

[36]            See “Clinton Cash – Only 15% for Charity” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8O.

[37]            See “HRC: A Caricature of the Left” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-94.

[38]            See “Obama’s War … on Global Warming!” at http://t.co/WmjRvUyVlw.

[39]            See “Our Daddy: God is Our Refuge” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aE.

[40]            See “Bryce Williams – Domestic Terrorist Ignored by the Media” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-ba.

[41]            See “Obama: America is Stronger Than Ever” at http://t.co/3dxkSeF8fj.

[42]            See “Putin = Hitler? Yes!” at http://t.co/czfFgLNzmx.

[43]            See “Obama Abets Five Anti-American Empires” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7k.

[44]            See “Is Baghdad Burning? Obama’s Leadership Vacuum” at http://t.co/anrh8hfqtC.

[45]            See “We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet” at http://t.co/Ftcx1QT0eA.

[46]            See “War? What War?” at http://t.co/k63DebowZE.

Willful Blindness to Reality

Two jihadists massacred people at a Christmas party and the Left refuses to call it Islamic terrorism.

Blindness

While events were unfolding, the “mainstream” media and liberal blogosphere was awash with speculation that white, Christian, anti-government militia were behind the attack. They appeared to relish, yet again, an opportunity to bash both Christians and conservatives and to continue their efforts to redefine terrorism away from its real meaning and source.

But the moment it was discovered that devout adherents of Islam were the attackers, the term “terrorism” lost its relevance and the religious motivation behind the attack became moot.

The preferred liberal narrative of widespread Christian terrorism and denial of Islamic jihad was again was thwarted by reality.

Their perverse logic emanates from a distorted worldview in which America is always to blame for having exploited the world and must atone by humbling itself before dictators, tyrants, and terrorists. Only then will we be at peace.

In the immediate aftermath of the San Bernardino massacre, Salon published an article entitled, “Syed Farooq is an American: Let’s stop the Muslim vs. Christian debate and take a look at ourselves.”

Huh? Blame America for being targeted by Islamists? We’re the guilty ones?

The “American,” Syed Farooq, clearly didn’t think very highly of America or his fellow Americans. Farooq waged a religious war on us.

In that polemic, the writer asserted that Americans were “gleeful” at the discovery the terrorist was a devout Muslim. He further accused “the United States of brutality” and “political violence.”

Blaming America for the attack, he accused Americans of being endemically racist and xenophobic. He continued, seemingly oblivious to the reality he was denying:

“The attitudes you possess – that Arabs are beholden to violent culture, that Islam singularly produces religious evil, that Syrian refugees threaten American safety, that the Middle East and South Asia are places of mystical barbarity – have existed since before 9/11, but they seem to have a particular resonance in the current presidential election.”

Looking at the facts, Islam is indeed responsible for 99.99% of the violence perpetrated in the name of religion. It’s called jihad with the purpose of imposing a global Islamic caliphate upon the world by force and political/cultural subjugation.

The Islamists – on a daily basis! – state their goals very clearly, and they zealously act to achieve those goals, which are prescribed in the Koran. To deny this truth is irrational folly – and suicidal at that.

As for that “particular resonance in the current presidential election,” has Salon not seen the carnage being perpetrated in the Middle East by Islamist barbarians who have created a terrorist state which seeks to engulf the world? Are they not witnesses to the barbarism which has invaded Europe and is now invading America?

Emulating Obama, the Left asserts it is not American to protect Americans from those who would seek to destroy America.

The Left Goes Gaga Over Paris Attack

In the aftermath of the horrendous, 9/11-style, coordinated terrorist attack on Paris by Islamic jihadists, the Left, by and large, has demonstrated its capacity to rationalize evil, ignore reality, and dismiss the truth.

Left Gaga

While many mourned the loss of life and were roused to defeat the enemy that has become our implacable foe, others either denied or dismissed this existential threat, blamed America (Bush, conservatives) for the attack, or refused to call ISIS either Islamic or evil.

Some continued to assert that ISIS is on the run, or that climate change is a greater threat than terrorism, or that gun control is the answer – all various attempts to escape the reality of life and the world as it is, not the world as liberals think it should be.

But first, kudos to Saturday Night Live for exhibiting class “with a brief, moving tribute to the city of Paris delivered by cast member Cecily Strong, clad in a black dress.” Strong declared: “Paris is the city of lights and here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.”

Vive la France!

Now, on to the rest.

Paris Attacked – So What?

Black Lives Matter proved, once again, that the only lives that matter to it are those exceptionally few black lives killed by white cops. Its response to massive death in Paris was despicable, as noted in statements and tweets from its members.

Prepare for a shock as you read this set of expletive-laden tweets expressing hatred toward Parisians for taking the spotlight away from BLM, which is nothing more than a racial grievance organization promoting victimhood and espousing violence.

Blame Bush, Conservatives, and America

Even in the seventh year of the Obama administration, the Left blames George W. Bush for everything – even events and situations created by Obama’s own policies and actions.

All three Democrat presidential contenders, in one way or another, blamed the former President (former by two elections) for the Paris terrorist attack. Salon blamed both Bush and America. It’s headline spoke volumes: “Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.” Ourselves? Salon fails to discern the evil hearts of terrorists and, instead, attacks fellow Americans.

Salon took to task those nasty conservatives who leapt to the conclusion that Islamic terrorists were to blame, “even though there was no evidence and practically nothing was known about the attackers,” claiming their motivation was to seize this “violence” (note: not “terrorism”) “as an opportunity to demonize Muslims and refugees from Muslim-majority countries.”

No evidence? How about the modus operandi? The nature of the attacks themselves. Witnesses who heard what the terrorists said?

The liberal media blamed conservatives for the fact that terrorists attacked Paris. Salon tweeted: “Real terror unfolds in Paris. Perhaps this will convince the right to done down their incessant violent rhetoric.”

In their contorted logic, what we said caused innocent Muslims to viciously attack someone else.

Salon also posted a lengthy, rambling, incoherent essay blaming violent, elimination rhetoric on the Right for this – and other – terrorist attacks. According to Salon, “Real terrorists have killed people in the streets of Paris. The right-wing media needs to take note of that fact and moderate their rhetoric and abusive language accordingly.”

They continue: “Given the American right-wing’s casual habit of using violent language to describe their foes, and to gin up fear and anxiety among the movement conservative base, the Fox News’ right-wing echo chamber and its elites should be ashamed given the death and destruction that terrorism actually reaps in practice.”

(Salon should read those Black Lives Matter tweets noted above.)

For quite a few years, the Left has redefined terrorism to actually exclude terrorist actors and activities, and instead to demonize conservatives, the Tea Party, and Christians (who are actually the targets of Islamic jihadists).

Blame Climate Change Myth, Not Fact of ISIS Terror

Yet again, the far Left is using yet another tragedy to promote its phony climate change agenda. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the openly Socialist Democrat presidential candidate claimed, “In fact, climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”

This is in keeping with the Obama administration’s viewpoint, which has, on at least 23 occasions, claimed that climate change poses a greater national security threat than Islamic terrorism (which it doesn’t call by that name).

Make Love, Not War

The pacifist War Is Not The Answer contingent greeted this latest destructive attack on Western Civilization with its Sixties-style “make love, not war” mantra. Pop icon Madonna argued, “Yes, there are people who have no respect for human life and there are people that do atrocious, degrading and unforgivable things to other human beings, but we will never ever, ever change this world that we live in if we do not change ourselves, if we do not change the way that we treat one another on a daily basis.”

In other words, we need to change before the terrorists stop committing terror. Applying the same logic, we should not arrest criminals but, rather, change ourselves until they stop their criminal activities.

Madonna, continued, “Only love will change the world, but it’s very hard to love unconditionally and it’s very hard to love that which we do not understand, or that which is different than we are. But we have to or this will go on and on forever.”

Again, it is our fault for not understanding them, and until we understand them, terrorism will not end. Most rational people do understand that these are evil people committing evil acts.

Nevertheless, “fired MSNBC personality Krystal Ball” insisted: “Most powerful response to radical hate is radical love. Open your hearts wider and love harder.”

This is the Barack Obama Model for World Peace, a model proven wrong time and again.

Release Terrorists; Take in Refugees; Spurn Persecuted Christians

So, we can’t call the terrorists what they are – terrorists – and we aren’t supposed to fight back against those self-same terrorists who want to destroy us – because it wouldn’t be, according to our Commander-in-Chief, in keeping with our American values.

(Mr. President, you don’t adhere to “American values.”)

Now, we find ourselves in a panorama from Hell. At one and the same time, the Obama administration is releasing more Gitmo detainees (i.e. terrorists), even as it brings into America even more Syrian refugees (many of whom are undoubtedly terrorists), while utterly ignoring the plight of Christians who are persecuted by the terrorists it refuses to fight.

Some would call that crazy!

President Obama has just released five more Yemeni terrorists from Gitmo, while continuing its efforts to “accept 10,000 Syrian refugees,” with a goal of absorbing 100,000 refugees annually. Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton actually wants to increase the number of refugees brought into America.

Clinton’s senatorial successor in New York, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, concurs, saying, “I think what we could be doing more of is dealing with the humanitarian crisis. I wish we were focused on how we could create relief for millions of families that are streaming out of Syria. I’ve seen our European partners really pick up the pace and take significant responsibility for these families. What Germany has done is outstanding. I think America should be doing more.”

In the meantime, Obama’s State Department (once run by Hillary), has denied visas for Christians being persecuted in Iraq. This falls on Obama’s shoulders.

At the G20 Summit in Turkey, Obama said, “We have to, each of us, do our part, and the United States has to step up and do its part. When I hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims. When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted. When some of those folks themselves come from families who benefitted from protection when they were fleeing political persecution – that’s shameful. That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

(Mr. President, you don’t know “who we are.”)

ISIS is Neither Islamic Nor Evil

The Obama administration continues to claim that Islamic terrorists are not Islamic and it refuses to recognize that what they engage in is terrorism. Last Saturday (the day after the Paris attacks) all three Democrat presidential candidates avoided the stark reality of global Islamic jihad.

(The Left will soon discover that ISIS is more dangerous that campus radicals.)

Dan Kimmel, a [Democrat] candidate for a Minnesota state representative seat” tweeted: “ISIS isn’t necessarily evil. It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though.”

That logic would justify every serial killer and terrorist throughout human history.”

But ISIS is Islamic and ISIS is evil. The evil of ISIS derives from a defect in the human heart, not a product of economic deprivation. Obama’s ideas of putting ISIS on welfare are ludicrous.

Gun Control Will Stop Jihadists

Other proposed solutions to end the jihadist threat include the liberal favorite: gun control. Hint: gun control never works to achieve its stated goals. Gun control only serves to aid tyrants and dictators, terrorists and criminals. If any of those victims in Paris had been armed, they might not have become victims. Weapons in the hands of law-abiding citizens are a game changer for good.

Nonetheless, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America tweeted: “Our hearts are with the victims and survivors of the horrific mass shooting and violent attacks in Paris today.” The attached photo bore the words: “We are united in mourning all lives lost to gun violence.”

Those lives weren’t lost due to gun violence, but due to terrorists intent upon doing evil.

Appeasement Is the Answer

Like gun control, appeasement never works. Still, Obama is intent upon continuing his disastrous foreign policy. In light of the Paris attack, Obama said, “The strategy we are pursuing … that’s the strategy we are going to have to pursue. And we are going to continue to generate more partners for that strategy.”

The strategy that created ISIS and mushroomed it into a world-threatening terrorist state is the strategy that Obama intends to continue?

Appeasement encourages aggression and leads to defeat and subjugation.

ISIS is on the Run

Obama’s false claims that Al-Qaeda is on the run, that the war on terror is over, that ISIS is JV, that ISIS is contained, ad infinitum, were amplified by yet another claim, this one from a Muslim apologist who argues that the Paris attack is a sign of weakness and not strength on the part of ISIS. (Just as Obama claimed Putin’s many acts of aggression are really signs of weakness.)

This apologist reasons thus: “There is a reason ISIL still want to appear so powerful, why they don’t want to acknowledge that the land they control has been taken from weak enemies, that they are pinned down by airstrikes, or that just last weekend they lost a significant part of their territory.”

“ISIL don’t want you to know they would quickly be crushed if they ever faced a proper army on a battlefield.”

“They want you to fear them. They want you to get angry. They want all of us to become hostile, and here is why – ISIL’s strategy is to split the world into two camps. It is that black and white. Again, we know this because they told us.”

Except, of course, they haven’t. This phony propaganda is designed to dismiss and discount the danger posed by ISIS, to thwart the sense of urgency the West sees in combating that terrorist threat, and to enable the status quo to continue until the West has been defeated.

I’m sure the current President of the United States would rally behind this apologist’s opinion, just as he has heralded all of the many unprecedented accomplishments of his tenure in the Oval Office. After all, according to Obama, America has never been stronger and the world has never been safer.

But for those who live in the real world, neither of those claims is true.

ISIS Is Contained!

Just hours after proclaiming that “ISIS is contained,” President Obama was again proven wrong about the War on Terror (that he refuses to name as such) when Islamic jihadists conducted a devastating 9/11-style attack on Paris.

ISIS contained

(Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Paris, the French people, and all those affected by this attack.)

The JV team has vexed this administration, which refuses to recognize the evil of Islamic jihad. Instead, the Obama administration targets law-abiding Americans, conservatives, and Christians, and anyone but jihadists!

Obama suggests that this evil which must be defeated can be assuaged by welfare or through diplomacy. Obama’s agenda appears designed solely to appease and submit to Islamists!

Will Obama continue to claim that America has never been stronger and that we are not at war with jihadists? Will he still boast of not having a strategy? Will he continue to ignore terrorism in America’s homeland?

President Francois Hollande has the right idea. He declared that his nation would “be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group” promising to “act by all means anywhere, inside or outside the country.”

Headline: “A nightmare in Paris, an attack on the world.”

The last time Paris was attacked, Obama skipped a gathering of world leaders to watch TV. Will he go to Paris this time?

Vive la France!

HOPE in Dark Times

As we remember the shock and terror of 9/11 – and consider the state of the world and of America today – let us not lose hope.

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As we look upon the world scene, chaos reigns in much of the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Tyrannical regimes and terrorist states around the world are expanding their spheres of influence and employing their power for evil purposes.

In America, we are experiencing perils considered unthinkable just a decade ago, from unbridled immigration and race riots to Islamic jihad and domestic terrorism. The White House has become tyrannical and the judiciary is making laws. People who regard America as fundamentally flawed are in power and those who deny American exceptionalism have the loudest (and most heard) voices. The Church writ large is yielding to the world, endorsing homosexuality and promoting narcissism. Identity politics and political correctness have seized our political and cultural institutions.

Nevertheless, God is still on His throne. The supreme ruler of the universe – by whose providence America was founded and to whom America owes credit for her greatness – remains sovereign in the affairs of men. Our Father is faithful to His people and He hears their cries. His promises are sure.

Scripture is replete with assurances from our Creator and Redeemer. Psalm 147:11 declares, “the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”

In Romans 15:13, the apostle Paul offers a succinct prayer for God’s people: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Let us abound in hope.

You Were There

Let me share two songs with you (YouTube videos hyperlinked).

Avalon’s You Were There reminds us of God’s omnipresence. God is everywhere and has always been there in key moments in history. He was there, giving David the courage to slay Goliath “when the hardest fight seemed so out of reach.” He was there, showing Abraham that He “had bigger plans” and provided a sacrifice to substitute for Abraham’s son, Isaac.

And God was there, “during history’s darkest hour,” when He gave His only begotten Son, that we might have eternal life with Him (John 3:16).

God “alone [can] keep the universe from crumbling into dust.” And He can keep our lives from falling apart.

You Raise Me Up

Selah’s You Raise Me Up points to the One who lifts us up when we are weary and overwhelmed. God lifts us up to the mountaintops and empowers us to “walk on stormy seas.” Indeed, our strength derives from the One who rules in majesty: “I am strong, when I am on your shoulders. You raise me up to more than I can be.”

Perhaps not so surprisingly, it is in those moments that our hearts are “filled with wonder” and we get glimpses of eternity.

We now face challenges which can appear insurmountable. We know our own frailty and our own powerlessness in certain circumstances. It is in times like these that despair can fall upon us. But it is at those very times when we must most remember to whom we should turn.

We live in dark times, times where it seems that evil has been unleashed from hell, yet our hope resides in one person – Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Light of the World, entered our world to pierce the darkness, to conquer death, and to redeem humanity. Jesus conquered Satan and death. Nothing is impossible for Him.

Let us keep our eyes on Him as we struggle for what is right and true in this life.

Reflections on 9/11

Some things you never forget.

I was working two blocks north of the White House when the Twin Towers were hit. From our building, we could see the Pentagon off in the distance. In the space of 51 minutes, three American jetliners were used as assault weapons of mass destruction against America.

When our receptionist mentioned hearing of the first plane crash, none of us recognized its seriousness or import. The sheer scope of what we would come to learn was a coordinated terrorist attack was unimaginable. The second tower was struck. Then the Pentagon was hit.

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We soon discovered 9/11 to be another day of infamy.

D.C. Evacuated

As events unfolded, the Capitol was evacuated and all flights over the continental U.S. were grounded.

Evacuation. Everyone was on the road. Traffic crawled. Emergency vehicles growled. It was a surreal experience. A beautiful, sunny day. Driving at one-mile-an-hour. Everyone was polite. No honking. Drivers yielded to one another. A measure of peace on earth in the midst of tragedy.

Heroes

The worst of events can often bring out the best in people. The one person who died on 9/11 that I personally knew was Barbara Olson. You may recall that she phoned her husband during the flight to tell him what was happening.

I met Barbara at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in 2001, where she granted me a brief interview. She was as gracious in person as on TV.

At CPAC the following year, I was blessed to meet one of the New York fire-fighters who rescued so many victims on 9/11. His story is but one of countless examples of heroism for the rest of us.

Seeing Ground Zero

Just weeks before 9/11, I attended a church leadership weekend in New York City. During that conference, I enjoyed the city skyline and saw the Twin Towers on the horizon, never imagining their imminent demise.

A couple of years after 9/11, our church took a bus to participate in a worship service with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. On the return trip, we drove past Ground Zero, with its immense gutted landscape. So much devastation. So much loss.

It is very sobering to see what a few fanatical terrorists can do.

Courage on United Flight 93

My wife and I went up to Pennsylvania a couple of times to see the United Flight 93 memorial. The solitude of that pastoral setting in the middle of a large field fittingly enhanced the meditative nature of the memorial, which was relatively modest when we visited. A large cross-section of America paid its respects at each of our visits.

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The resolve of the American people, especially when humbly beseeching the providence of God, is astonishing.

Let us all remember 9/11 and seek God’s salvation as we seek His will in our lives.

God bless!