The attack on a cafe in
That incident, which was televised worldwide, was quickly eclipsed by the murder of 145 people at an army-run school in
How is the West responding to these and other atrocities? More importantly, how is the Muslim world responding?
Are we fighting a war, or trying to win "Miss Congeniality"?
Every time we witness these attacks, the apologists here and abroad are quick to issue the familiar excuses. This doesn't represent true Islam, which they say is a religion of peace. These are "lone wolves" (lone rats would be a better designation; wolves at least have some nobility attached to their species). ISIS openly campaigns on the Internet to attract more "lone wolves." In the end, it doesn't matter whether one person or an army of Taliban terrorists kill you. You are still dead.
When the next attack occurs in America -- as it surely will -- will the Obama administration issue the predictable denunciations and apologies for Islam, or will we do what needs to be done to stop the killers? Civil liberties are worth protecting until they are used by our enemies -- along with the constitutional protections we enjoy -- to commit murder. If we are attacked again as on 9-11 and many thousands more of us are killed, what then? Will we eventually go back to business as usual, thus ensuring more attacks?
Why aren't the world's estimated 1.1 billion Muslims forming an army of their own to take out those they claim misrepresent their religion? Why must America face most of the financial and human burden? These killers claim to be acting in the name of Islam, so how about members of the "peaceful religion" doing themselves and the world a favor by taking the lead and neutralizing the threat of Islamic radicalism?
Or would that be an "enhanced technique" that might offend the sensibilities of Democrats on the
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Cal Thomas, America's most-syndicated columnist, is the author of 10 books.