Is America Ready to Prevent D.C. from Becoming the Next Paris?

On Friday November 13th, Paris France suffered a devastating terror attack with over 120 dead and over 350 wounded; unfortunately, that number is likely to rise.  Almost immediately, the world reacted with anger, fear and a shared sense of mourning. But, less than 72 hours later, an Iraq based ISIL group released a video not only claiming responsibility for the Paris attacks, but promising that the future targets would include Washington D.C. This caused some to stop asking “What about Paris?” and start asking “What about us?”

Media centers worldwide reported the video’s release, although most mainstream American sources avoided asking the important question “Can it happen here?” Although, despite the media’s unwillingness to address the issue, the real elephant in the room is not whether a similar attack can happen in America but can we stop it. I fear that the answer is not as simple as “Yes” or “No” but more likely “Maybe.” I am afraid we do not have the stomach to do what is necessary.

President ObamaStopping any threat, terrorist or otherwise, requires recognizing that the threat even exists. Despite the attacks of 9-11, and the untold number since, many American politicians seem to have trouble admitting another attack is even a possibility. President Obama has vowed to move forward with a planned resettling of thousands of Syrian refugees. The Democratic candidates refused to even use the term “radical Islam.”  In others words, we are following a predetermined script and conducting business as usual, regardless of what changes recent events might suggest.

But, as I suggested before, this attitude is not the result of being unable to address this potential threat head on, it is because we have become a nation unwilling to do what is necessary.

  • French bombers hit ISIS training camps and munitions facilities, yet American bombers were unable to do so over months of “strategic strikes”
  • France closed its borders and declared it was “at war.” The White House responds by claiming the refugees will be “thoroughly vetted” before arriving in the US. This is despite the fact that vetting refuges who do not have valid identification and are coming from an uncooperative nation of origin is next to impossible
  • We are unwilling to admit that, although most Muslims are not radicals, most ISIS radicals are Muslim. While it may be politically incorrect to target potential suspects because of their religion or national origin, sometimes it is a necessary evil – if you are looking for a tiger, you do not focus your attention on the flock of geese

I understand the President’s reluctance to allow ground troops to enter the fight in Syria. We have endured over a decade of fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan, sending even more American troops to yet another drawn out conflict is not an easy choice. But, protecting our home soil is not a question of cost; it is worth it at any cost. Closing borders, profiling those who wish to enter and turning away those who are potential threats may make us poor world citizens, but it might just make us safer Americans.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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