Everyone admires the intriguing puzzles and solutions in the stories of Sherlock Holmes. In The Adventures of Silver Blaze, the curious incident of the dog that did nothing – did not bark – in the night was the clue toward solving the mystery. Sherlock is needed to solve the mystery of why, on July 25, 2016, at the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the 61 speeches may have been full of bite, but none uttered a whisper, let alone a bark, about the menace of ISIS and Islamist terrorism.Nothing's gonna change.
The mystery deepens with the appalling news a few hours after the end of that first day that two Islamist terrorists, armed with knives, had entered a Catholic Church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a few miles from Rouen in Normandy, France, during morning service on July 26, 2016. They forced the octogenarian priest, Father Jacques Hamel, to kneel and filmed his death as they slit his throat. They took nuns and others hostage before they were killed by French police. ISIS promptly called them "two soldiers of the Islamic State."
Another terrorist referred to in the incident by the French police is a 24-year-old Algerian computer student named Sis Ahmed Ghlam, known to the authorities since he was arrested in April 2015 after he had called for an ambulance after he shot himself in the leg. He was arrested on suspicion of planning "imminent" terror attacks. In his car, the police discovered weapons including Kalashnikovs, a police-issued pistol, and bulletproof vests. Even more important, they found plans for terrorist attacks on other churches, including the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris. This terrorist is in prison charged with the murder of a 32-year-old woman who was shot three times in the head.
The barbarity committed in the church in Normandy is now added to the list of horrors executed by Islamist terrorists and followers of ISIS. It does not take a Sherlock to remember them, in London, Toulouse, Paris, Brussels and the Maelbeek metro station, Nice, Munich, Cologne, Würzburg, and Ansbach.
The world, particularly the West, is facing a major threat to civilization and the way of life of democratic societies. British authorities have recently made it known that they disrupted seven plots to attack the U.K. in the last 18 months. French president François Hollande has again, after the murder in the church, declared that ISIS has declared war on the West and must be fought using all means possible. Indeed, ISIS is fomenting a war of religions, boldly announcing that a major target is Christians across the world and even aiming at the assassination of Pope Francis.
Presidential candidates and political party conventions in the U.S. as well as authorities in European countries must devote their attention to and prepare solutions for the continuing terrorism of contemporary barbarians who are now within our gates, not simply at them.
Western democratic systems are based on tolerance and respect for others and on honorable efforts to eliminate or at least limit prejudice in society. With societies based on free speech and expression, this has always been difficult to sustain, but it has become much more difficult with the prevalence of social media. Those defending the West recognize that new and changing technologies make it difficult for them to obtain sufficient accurate information to forestall planned terrorist attacks.
Strong, immediate action by the West is crucial. At bottom, Western leaders, especially those in the White House, must recognize the enemy, "radical Islamist terrorism," not evade the truth by euphemisms or political correctness. This means the use of forceful methods – plainly speaking, war – against the enemy so relentlessly anxious to destroy the West...
Nothing's gonna change until the voters in the Western democracies decide to vote the corrupt terror-coddling leftist bastards out.
Brexit was a good start for Britain, and Americans have a chance to restore sanity in November. France goes to the presidential polls in 2017. Also in 2017 is Germany's parliamentary elections.
I'll be keeping an eye on these developments, naturally. And with luck, we'll see some real change, and people won't lose the freakin' minds, not least of whom myself, heh.
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