Terrorism Isn’t Done; We Need To Keep Our Guard Up

Now that another anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Center has passed, we can give thanks that there has not been an attack of that magnitude on American soil since that day.

That isn’t to say we should let our guard down, of course; learning and adapting to the tactics of this enemy is an ongoing process. Our intelligence agencies appear to have a handle on organized terrorist attacks – there has not been a successful one in years – but the prevalence of ‘lone wolf’ attacks – and their success – has been increasing.

Recently, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri renewed his call for attacks on Western nations; “I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate. We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America.”

Granted, the recording was made at least two months ago, but the release – timed to coincide with the anniversary of the WTC attack – shows that Al Qaeda has not given up its goal to destroy our nation. Al Qaeda is not out of the fight, yet.

NewspaperOvershadowed in recent years by the formation and success of the Islamic State, Al Qaeda has not been as active in the international terrorist arena since the death of Osama Bin Laden. The nature of terrorism is changing and as the Islamic State turns to more lone wolf terrorist attacks there is no reason to believe that Al Qaeda will not do the same.

It is the nature of our government to focus on one issue at a time. The constant pivots of our government to different arenas entails the loss of interest in former enemies and, in many ways, that is what our enemies hope for. If the government is looking at ISIS, the terrorists working with Al Qaeda have an opportunity to plan and carry out attacks. Like the audience of a stage magician, we are watching as he pulls up one sleeve, not realizing that the flowers are in the other.

Like flooding Europe with ‘refugees’ from Syria. The majority of whom, according to the United Nations, are males. Men are disproportionately represented in this massive influx. 72 percent of the European refugees are male, compared to 13 percent women and 15 percent children. This doesn’t sound like a refugee crisis where families are fleeing from personal or political prosecution.

President Obama has already said that the United States will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees. If the percentages remain the same, we will be opening our borders to over 7,000 potential male terrorists.

Granted, not all of those men are terrorists but allowing any in to our country without thoroughly investigating them has the potential to hurt our nation. That alone is reason enough to stop looking at the shiny objects the media are showing us and take a closer look at what is going on.

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.

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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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