By Sal Bommarito
The viciousness of modern day terrorism overwhelmed me this morning. The New York Times published three stories involving radical Islamists .
In Turkey a 14 year old “meandered into [a] gathering and detonated a vest of explosives.” It was a Kurdish wedding celebration not far from the border of Turkey and Syria. At least 51 people were killed and 69 were wounded. What kind of deranged individual recruits teenagers to commit such dastardly deeds? In fact they were Islamic terrorists affiliated with ISIS.
In Iraq 36 men were executed as punishment for an ISIS massacre of Shiites. One man who lost a brother and was notified about the hanging of the murderers said, “It was the happiest call I have ever received.” Thousands of Iraqis shared the grieving man’s sentiments. Roughly 1,700 Shiite military personnel were killed in the attack.
In a marketplace in Somalia more than 20 were killed by Islamic militants. The attack shows how determined religious fanatics are about killing nonbelievers going about their daily lives.
And the list grows every day. Should Americans be concerned about the immigration of radical Islamists into the U.S.? Damn right we should.
Donald Trump is correct in saying that Islamic terrorism is the most pressing threat in the world today. His approach to the immigration of Islamic people into our country is extreme, but a high level of care should to be taken to insure that violent criminals do not cross our borders.
Trump’s stance on immigration has been called xenophobic and bigoted. Perhaps his rhetoric is, but his instincts are on point. A reassessment of procedures that enable Middle Eastern immigrants to come to the U.S. should be undertaken immediately regardless of political correctness concerns. Scrutiny must be much greater to protect America.
If the U.S. continues to ignore the fact that a vast number of global terrorist attacks are being sanctioned by Middle Eastern troublemakers or people that they have indoctrinated, our country will be in greater peril.
We must be sensitive about overreaching and offending innocent people. But we should not allow liberal concerns about hurting the feelings of foreigners to impede efforts to keep our lives safe, lest we become victims of incidents like the ones mentioned above.