In what should have long ago been clear to even the most liberal among us, the radical Islamic forces have now made The West a vulnerable target and the USA is obviously number one on their list.
In a quirky way, in thinking about future terrorist targets, primary among them the USA, I was reminded of Gertrude Stein’s comment about her home town of Oakland, California. When Stein returned to California on her lecture tour to the United States in the 1930s, she wanted to visit her childhood home in Oakland, CA. She records that she could not find the house. Hence, “there is no there there”, according to Sonja Streuber. However, the way in which that quote was subsequently used implied that Oakland was an intellectual wasteland.
My point is that terrorism targets must clearly be iconic locations to maximize their impact, just as the November 13th Paris attack has done. I don’t think people in Oakland will be prime future targets.
Obviously, living as I do in an iconic place, a suburban location 20 minutes in low traffic hours from the US Capitol, makes all of us here very edgy.
So whether we wake up now or a couple more Parisian or 911 events later generates here a particular urgency. There will be multiple proposals about what our military response against ISIS should be, but that is not the subject of this discourse.
Perhaps you might find useful reading my November 14th OP ED as background, How Human Numbers And Religious Governance Caused Paris.
The utter absence of immigrant enforcement by the Obama administration suggests that we are so far behind the power curve on finding terrorists that the task is not doable!
For example, the major metropolitan areas of this country are sanctuary cities. For starters we should immediately cut off any Federal funding for those cities that do not repeal their sanctuary laws.
On the Federal level, we need to pass an enhanced E-verify making mandatory all employees new and old be processed for all companies.
Even so, it is clear that the damage of all these years of bad policies, certainly exacerbated by the Iraq invasion after 911, but stupidly managed ever since has now come home to roost with a vengeance that should frighten us all.
Action is urgently required and the pursuit of new enhanced immigration policies is the number one domestic priority right now.
From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013
By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
PFIR Asks – Does It Make Sense To Curtail Immigration?
CNN – Catholic Church Illegal Immigration
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