Lone Wolf at the Door

The terrorist attacks in Chattanooga have done something that all of the other Radical Islamic attacks on U.S. soil have failed to do. They have really brought home, in my mind, that the war we are currently engaged in is being fought in our home country as well as in the Middle East.

Intellectually I had already known that, but I have visited Chattanooga many times in the past. It’s a beautiful city in Tennessee with a vibrant culture that is about as far from any front line as you can get. The last time I was there, I was attending an Antique Roadshow event and talking to the members of the TV show about some of the artifacts that had been left when my uncle Jim, a retired Master Chief in the Navy, had passed away.

Although the answers the TV crew gave me were unsatisfying, I was content with visiting the city. Up until the day of the attack, I had mentally linked Chattanooga with my family. My mother, her brother and his wife were with me and we did the normal sight-seeing thing after visiting the antique event. I ate dinner in a nice little place downtown that had a wonderful selection of deserts. I can’t remember the name of the place, but they made an incredible butterfly cake.

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez

Now, however, war has come to this sleepy little Southern town and, as opposed to what the mainstream media wants people to think, the war was brought by an Islamic terrorist. An unhappy young man who went to Jordan four times over the last few years and whose radicalization went unnoticed among state and federal authorities.

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez was originally from Kuwait. His family moved to the U.S. when he was young and, although his father was on terrorist watch lists, Abdulazeez managed to avoid any suspicion. Even now, media outlets are still scrambling to explain the attack as a criminal or mentally unbalanced act. The same media that immediately called the attack on a church in Charleston a terrorist act are twisting themselves into knots to avoid labelling the Chattanooga attack in the same way.

The attack was a tragedy, and our hearts should go out to the victims of Abdulazeez. The Marines who were killed and the service members and civilians who were injured deserve the same respect from the media and elected officials that the victims in Charleston received. We are at war. That war has come to our shores and our military members are being targeted. The time in this country has come to allow the military to carry firearms for self-defense, just like they do in any war zone.

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Matt is a former military journalist who spent 10 years in the US Navy. He served in various posts during his career, including a couple of deployments on the USS Valley Forge (CG-50). After leaving the Navy, he worked in management for a number of years before opening his own businesses. He ran those businesses until 2012 when he chose to leave the retail industry and return to writing. Matt currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to the US Patriot blog and other websites about political affairs, military activities and sailing.
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