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Nothing to Celebrate in Boston

tamerlanjihadThere is nothing to celebrate in Boston, despite that city’s spirited efforts at recovery since last week’s deadly jihadist terrorist attack.

What we now know, starting with the fact that the Boston bombings are, as I suspected, motivated by Islamic terrorism, a term which is arguably redundant, is that the government – on every level, local, state and federal – failed in its most fundamental responsibility to protect Boston’s citizens. At every point and in every sense, despite billions of wasted dollars expropriated from Americans to violate individual rights in the name of “homeland security”, such as the fascist TSA, police, intelligence and military did not succeed in doing their jobs. The best among them are impaired or disarmed and the Moslem terrorist attack, which killed three adults and one child, demonstrates that U.S. policy toward national defense is a disaster.

Consider that:

  • At least one bomber, who has been caught (though killed by his comrade before he could be interrogated), was previously identified by the FBI as a potential Islamic terrorist – and he was released and deemed safe for society. This despite a recent, extended trip to a global center for jihadist training and subsequent video postings for Islamic propaganda (pictured here and since removed from Google-owned YouTube).
  • Neither bomber was under surveillance despite clear signs of jihad.
  • Neither bomber was apparently monitored for increased risk of acquiring military weapons such as guns, bombs and grenades all of which they possessed.
  • The Boston Marathon was vulnerable to attack with no warnings, alerts or  lockdowns.
  • All the government programs and agencies which violate individual rights – and all the government agencies that do not violate individual rights – failed to detect, identify and prevent the attack, including the jihadists’ illegal activities, such as bombmaking.
  • Once it was clear that an attack was under way, the government failed to warn the public that Islamic terrorists were at large and, for precious hours, sought to dispel and appease the notion of Islamic terrorism, downplaying the threat of jihadist attack in spite of evidence to the contrary. All subsequent warnings to the public sought to minimize and trivialize any attempt to accurately assess and ascertain the real threat to the public by the terrorists and their collaborators and sponsors.
  • The attack continued unabated as the unidentified jihadists, still named and pictured as common criminals, murdered a college campus policeman execution-style.
  • The attack continued as the Moslem terrorists threatened the residents of metropolitan Boston with more bombs, military weapons and plots for mass murder, as police continued to refuse to assess and communicate the nature of the threat against the city, state and region.
  • One of the attackers was allowed to be killed by his own comrade as police failed to prevent his death before interrogation, crucially foreclosing the ability to interrogate and, if necessary, torture the mass murderer to ascertain the identities and whereabouts of sponsors and collaborators.
  • Another attacker was allowed to escape, despite being surrounded by police, further endangering the city of Boston. He was not successfully pursued and he took refuge on private property, unbeknownst to clueless police and the entire government of the United States. He was discovered by a lone individual only after the government restriction on travel and movement was lifted.
  • The apprehended jihadist was apparently allowed to attempt to kill himself – as he had killed his comrade before he could be interrogated – possibly injuring himself in the throat without being subdued or sedated.
  • Boston and much of New England was under government control for several days, with residents and businesses alike forced by the state into a defenseless state of siege. To my knowledge, it is unprecedented in a major American city that businesses and residents are ordered by the government to remain in hiding without declaration of martial law.

Despite numerous media reports, including CNN’s report that the dead Moslem terrorist is being investigated by the U.S. government for being the recipient of operation plans from an Islamic terrorist group, which CNN reports is linked to the dead jihadist, the government is engaged in a concerted campaign – as it was during the jihadist attack on the U.S. at Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were assassinated – to divert public attention from the nature of what motivates the attack and minimize, deny or evade any connection to Islamic terrorism.

But even U.S. government broadcasting, National Public Radio, observed a connection, with NPR reporting on the dead jihadist: “Three women who knew [the dead terrorist] have told NPR that they saw changes in the young man around 2008 and 2009, when they say he became a more devout Muslim. As NPR’s Zwerdling reports, the women say [the dead terrorist] sought to control his girlfriend, ordering her to cover herself and convert to Islam.”

Islam is what motivates those who seek to destroy the United States and the West but you’ll never know that from government propaganda and most media reports and, as good a job as police did in catching those who murdered Martin, Lu, Krystle and Sean and maiming and wounding over 250 others, celebrating marginal success or superficial, feel-good unity to the exclusion of facts including the fact of failure to protect by the local, state and federal government is a grave error that denigrates the magnitude of evil in this act of war – whether waged by lone wolves acting on an explicit or implicit command for jihad or a couple of faith-based soldiers in a jihadist terror cell – and, by showing ignorance and projecting weakness, the “celebrating” harms and endangers the community, commonwealth and country. The reason our eyes well up at post-attack sports events pledging unity and patriotism is because we know what happened is wrong, bad and evil, which causes decent people to feel sad and shed tears.

But grief and sadness are not an excuse for evading facts and the motive for the bombing. What happened last Monday was an act of war by Islamic terrorists, lone, in tandem or sponsored. What should have been an overwhelming military offense against states that sponsor terrorism after 9/11 has been pointed inward, against ourselves, forcing us to sacrifice individual liberty for a false sense of security. We must stop celebrating when we are attacked and instead resolve to annihilate the enemy wherever they plan and fester, not breed them by letting suicide bombers shut down the eastern seaboard for days on end.

We have inverted everything meaningful in America. High-fiving “first responders” – instead of scrutinizing front liners and demanding answers and results in the war against the jihad – after an undetected act of premeditated mass murder by our enemies is the opposite of being strong; it is merely another way of accepting our impending doom.

Bombs Bursting in Boston

“The world mourns with Boston,” read the headline for this morning’s edition of the leftist Boston Globe, owned by the leftist New York Times Company, as it appears on Boston.com. It is a perfectly vacant, nondescript condensation of today’s low journalism, distorting the facts and meaning of yesterday’s terrible news.

The headline is not true. In no sense does the world mourn with Boston, which was attacked by twin bombings in a Boston Marathon terrorist strike that targeted runners’ lower body parts with ball bearings-loaded bombs that left multiple victims in need of amputations with many dead and injured. From Asia, where Communist Korea threatens Texas, California and Japan – and, of course, South Korea – with invasion or nuclear attack, to the Middle East’s Iran and the Arab world, where enemies and adversaries threaten to annihilate the United States and celebrate the attack, the world ignores, snorts or welcomes the attack on America at Boston, as it did the attack on America at Benghazi and the 2001 attack on New York and Washington.

Also, the term ‘mourns’ suggests that those mourning have a sense of the loss – in this case, losing three (as of this writing) young lives, including an eight-year-old child named Martin – and reports barely covered the central facts of the attack, such as where the bombs were located (we still don’t know, except that the second bomb went off near an Apple Store) let alone the identities of those lost. The media were focused instead on executing an orchestrated rush to non-judgment, a coordinated attempt to prejudge audiences and prevent them from making logical conclusions that we may have been hit by jihadist barbarians in another attack on civilization. The press was primarily and fundamentally concerned with being defensive of those who tend to initiate force against Americans, such as faith-based barbarians, including devoutly religious Saudi Arabians and Islamic jihadists, not with reporting key facts, such as who bombed us, what happened during the attack, where are the murderers, when are they likely to have struck – circulating sketches of potentially connected persons who may be at large – and why they seek to destroy us.

As the media failed to report the news, the government, which deliberately and wrongly blamed an earlier Islamic terrorist attack on a movie, refused to take the attack seriously, imposing another lockdown rather than matching the act of war or terrorist strike with moral resolve, led by the nihilist Obama who declined to name either terrorism or attack in a bland, callous commentary signifying nothing in particular. Americans again generally accepted the new normal of duty and obedience to total government control with social media pleas for “calm”, “hope” and “prayer” as against outrage. There was hardly any of that as – and I’ll just say it because I think it’s true – the Boston Marathon died never to be experienced in freedom again, not in the age of the TSA and other forms of fascism that people choose to tolerate in order to avoid the necessity of thinking about the reality that we are losing the war to barbarian (foreign and domestic) in conjunction with, and in proportion to, loss of life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness.

Yesterday’s news is bleak. Not only because innocent Americans were maimed and murdered and will remain unavenged as their 9/11 comrades do and not merely because the world does not mourn with Boston. It is bleak because Boston, where there once raged a tea party to protest government control, a spirit that no longer lives among most Americans, does not mourn the loss of what makes Boston an especially American city. America’s outlook is dim because, in yesterday’s aftermath, we lost more of the spirit to win at the finish line. We heard and read about thoughts and prayers, we were urged not to think, judge and defend, and we were pummeled with state-sponsored announcements to remain calm, passive and obedient, ever careful not to name those whom we have every reason to believe attacked us again – let alone name those we lost on the day we lost them – and, 12 years after 9/11, we moved closer to the end of America. That is the salient fact of reality. This is what ought to be mourned.

The Warning Sign

I know firsthand of the rash of attacks on Romney/Ryan signs across America. A friend in Ohio posted on Facebook that her yard sign was seized from her property – she replaced it with another and applied a layer of invisible disincentive to stealing it – and there are numerous reports of sign thefts throughout the nation. My own yard sign was stolen – replaced by a new sign offered by a kind neighbor with an ample supply – and, amid reports that racist American Islamic leader Louis Farrakhan is calling for post-election violence in the nation if Obama loses, a young man in Wisconsin who called out to thieves expropriating his Romney/Ryan sign was savagely beaten.

None of this is shocking in a deeply divided nation that faces a historic choice in this year’s presidential election: buy snatches of time to try and save capitalism and what’s left of what was once – and is no longer – a free republic or sanction Big Government for total government control.

But somehow today’s news, captured in the photograph by Jack Stephens and included here, of a burning Romney/Ryan sign on a Virginia couple’s front lawn provides a definitive image of the deteriorating state of the union under Barack Obama. No single picture in this long, painful presidential campaign better expresses what is happening to the United States of America under Obama: destruction. It is particularly fitting that the expression of free speech – an ideal the Obama administration abhors (as I wrote here) – on private property – another concept the government that gave us ObamaCare hates – is being burned. Property rights and freedom of speech are crucial only to those who love their own life and happiness on earth. Obama preaches and governs the opposite of selfishness – self-sacrifice – as the highest ideal and self-immolation is a common act for its most consistent practitioners. But make no mistake: those who hold self-abnegation as the ideal will not stop at setting themselves on fire. As we have seen, they will set fire to expressions of views with which they disagree and they will eventually get around to burning the people who express those views. We have seen pictures like this in the past. We know how this story ends. On November 6, we either heed the warning and reject more of the same, which leads to sacrifice, destruction and death, or we begin to break from the past and fight to live in the future.

Fading vs. Blanking Out

Tonight’s sparring contest at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, was another low point for the United States. The question is not who won or lost what’s falsely been billed as a debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama; what is usually meant by that question is who is perceived to have won or lost by others. The proper question is what was gained by the nation in the third and final presidential candidate exchange. The answer is not much, if anything. The more we learn about these two, the more we should realize that our nation is seriously off track and we should brace for impact.

Romney, whom I referred to over a year ago as Obamney, reverted to his moderate Mitt form, agreeing with Obama on nearly every foreign policy issue and failing to differentiate his candidacy from Obama’s rotten presidency. Romney played it safe, looked and sounded soft and, while he is measurably better than Obama – chiefly because he is not Obama – failed to take Obama to task for the outrage of this year’s Islamic terrorist 9/11 attack. Obama, looking at once tired, angry and petulant, smirked and swaggered in his seat, staring blankly at Romney, spewing rehearsed lies about everything from Israel – which he has done everything to undermine – to Iran, which he has done everything to appease. At one point even CBS News moderator Bob Schieffer slipped and mistakenly referred to “Obama bin Laden”. It’s not that Romney did not win, though he did not, it’s that he did not differentiate. Americans are ready for someone who will tell the truth about the lousy state of the union and commit to fixing it. Looking presidential and dodging traps and smears is not enough.

There are crucial issues at stake in this election and, one by one, Romney fumbled. Though he scored points when he more or less said that we can’t win the war against jihadists by picking off terrorists one at a time (as I wrote in my post on killing bin Laden, “Death of a Terrorist“), Romney agreed with Obama, who followed the disastrous Bush doctrine, on Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. But we know where Me-too Republicanism, personified by Romney’s father, George, leads: Me-first, New Left variations of fascism, first authored by John Kennedy and climaxing under Barack Obama, which is why we urgently need a distinction with a difference. Romney instead whiffed when Obama ludicrously claimed he’s kept Americans safe for four years – tell that to those who loved the soldiers and statesmen we lost to jihadists at Fort Hood and Benghazi – and said with a straight face that he has no regrets about making the Islamicization of north Africa possible. Or when Obama said we stand with Israel, another lie. Worst of all, Romney declined to mention that the Obama administration repeatedly attacked an American who made a movie as the cause of the newest 9/11 assault as against the jihadists who launched the strike and murdered our ambassador and three Americans. Romney chose to be politically correct and ignore Obama’s serious transgressions against the United States, including terrorist investigator Steven Emerson’s disturbing new report about jihadists in the White House.

As we head toward a darker future, facing the prospect of economic crisis, paralysis and collapse and the war against Islamic jihad, America needs a pro-American president who displays courage and resolve in defense of individual rights, from free speech to free markets. Mitt Romney showed us how far we are from electing such a president. Barack Obama reminded us how close we are to re-electing the eagerly exact opposite.

On Lance Armstrong

You probably know the key facts of bicyclist Lance Armstrong’s downfall: that the world champion athlete who had taken on cancer, cycling competitions and people (later, a sports bureaucracy) that constantly accused him of drugging his way to winning was recently the subject of a report with apparently conclusive evidence that he chronically took drugs – an assertion which Armstrong has long denied – and has been deprived of his titles, banned from his sport and fired by his sponsors.

This week, Lance Armstrong resigned as chairman of his cancer charity.

I’m not a cycling fan, so I don’t follow the sport and, beyond a general knowledge, I am not familiar with his record, controversies and victories. But I know that Armstrong, who made a comeback from his own cancer diagnosis to win seven Tour de France titles, founded a cancer charity in 1997 that became a huge enterprise which reportedly has raised $500 million for cancer patients. That’s good if it’s true and if the money went to the patients as promised by the charity. But if Armstrong can’t be trusted to engage in honest competition, and from what I know it seems clear that he can’t, why would anyone trust that the charity Armstrong founded is what he says it is and does what he says it does? The question goes to the problem I have had with Lance Armstrong.

Whenever people used to talk about him, they usually fawned over him, which is not the same as admiring him, and it rarely seemed driven by his athletic ability. Instead, people emphasized his cancer survival and acts of charity. His ability appeared to be an afterthought. I’d like to think that his charity seriously advances scientists toward a cure for cancer and I don’t know enough to say. I’m neither fazed nor impressed by outward signs of one’s charitable giving – not by Romney’s, not by anyone’s – including rubber bracelets. If people want to make an issue of charity and display a token of their cause, I figure they may have good reasons.

But when acts of charity and recovery overshadow the source for charity and the reason for recovery – living an honest, productive life with integrity – we should activate closer scrutiny, not feed a fixation. Lance Armstrong, because he apparently perpetuates a fraud, provides a lesson in why.