The System Worked???


In response to a question about how the recent “underwear bomber” situation was handled, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said “What we are focused on is making sure that the air environment remains safe, that people are confident when they travel. And one thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked.”

The system worked? Let’s see, the Obama administration has been critical of the infrastructure put in place by the Bush Administration and rightly so. That being said, what’s the difference between how this would’ve worked while Bush was still in office and now? The simple answer is…Nothing. The system didn’t work. The system in place allowed the terrorist to pass through security and board the plane with most likely nary a second thought. The system in place, that had his name on a terror watch list, did nothing to check or even double-check to even see why he might have been on said list. The system in place had nothing to do with private citizens and employees of a private airline taking the matter into their own hands and doing what good citizens have a habit of doing…That is, picking up where government leaves off and, in this case, where government left off is a royally screwed-up system. In my opinion, the security problems we saw in this incidence were rooted in the Bush and even previous administrations. However, that doesn’t absolve the Obama administration from blame as they have simply perpetuated the same issues.

The root of the problem, and this is getting away from the incident at hand, is that the Obama administration views the world and radical Islam, in particular, in a completely different and, in my opinion, extremely naive way. Why, if only we could just be nicer to the terrorists and cooperate and then they would most likely see the error of their ways and stop wanting to kill us. That’s certainly an over-simplification of the issue at hand but it’s not far off.

It’s my opinion that radical Muslims want nothing less than the complete annihilation of the West. They view delay and “peace” talks as nothing more than the ability to buy time to destroy us down the road when they see that we have sufficiently weakened to the point that their ends are more easily achieved. As we have seen over and over again, collateral damage is nothing to them. The killing of innocent women and children of any race and creed, including their own, is nothing to even blink an eye at. Such is the mentality of the enemy we face. This mentality is succinctly stated by Osama Bin-Laden himself…

We — with Allah’s help — call on every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes to be rewarded to comply with Allah’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.

Now, lest we be hasty, this isn’t the mentality of all Islam. Islam is a religion with which I do not agree. However, not all Muslims follow this thought process and I’ve become more and more aware of some within that religion that have forcefully and bravely spoken out against it. However, there is a large enough contingent of this persuasion within Islam to warrant significant attention and action.

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