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Dealing with Terrorist Threats.

President Obama has seen life from different sides; white vs. black, rich vs. poor, Christian vs. Muslim and East vs. West. He's biracial from a black father and a white mother, who was brought up by his white mother and white grandparents. He went to Harvard Law School but was also a community organizer for 3 years in Chicago's poor South Side. Obama went to Indonesian schools for 4 years thereby being exposed to an Eastern and Muslim culture. Although the schools he went to were either Catholic or Secular, he found the daily call of the Muslim community to morning prayer, very sweet to his ears. Barack Obama feels he has a mission to bring unity to his country and to the world.

This is the mission that he felt when he gave his famous address to Cairo which he named "A New Beginning", dubbed by the Right Wing as his "apology tour". In it, he addressed "wrongs" that the West committed against Muslims. "The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims" he stated (just like his Communist father would have) in that speech.

It is interesting to note that in his latest trip to Israel, which many hailed as a great success, Obama once again felt the need for a Western democratic administration to apologize to a dictatorial government by leaning on Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, to apologize to Prime Minister, Erdogan, from Turkey, over the Israeli killing of 9 Turkish assailants in the 2010 flotilla aggression. In this country, when there is a conflict between whites and blacks, such as in the Travon Martin case, where a black youth was shot and killed - arguably in self defense, or as in the Henry Luis Gates scuffle with Cambridge Massachusetts police, our President feels the need to "educate" white society about its injustices towards blacks, before even knowing the facts of the case.

Obama would like the West consisting of Christians and Jews to better understand Muslims. It is therefore a very thorny problem that there is a radicalized minority of Muslims, estimated to be perhaps as large as .01% (1/100 of one percent) of the world population of Muslims or 150,000 of them, who would be willing to commit violent Jihad against the West. Radical Islamic groups can be found in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, Nigeria, Libya, Lebanon, Gaza, Mali, Somalia and more and in the Western countries as well, such as Spain, Britain, France and America.

The Heritage Foundation estimates that since 9/11, there have been approximately 50 foiled terrorist attacks here in the United States. In the last 4 years there were 226 arrests in this country related to terrorism and 186 of those were connected to Islamic Jihad. Unfortunately however, there were successful attacks as well such as Ft. Hood, the Arkansas attack on military recruiters and of course the latest carnage at the Boston Marathon. There were attempts which failed but came very close, such as the "underwear bomber" and the "times square bomber", foiled only by civilian vigilance and explosive devices malfunctioning.

Overseas our embassy in Ben Ghazi, Libya, was attacked resulting in 4 American casualties. But surely Obama can not be blind to the Al Quaeda threat - you may ask, for he has killed thousands of terrorist leaders with drones, including Al Quaeda's founding father, Osama Ben Ladin? This is true. However all along and especially after the killing of Ben Ladin, Obama's narrative is that Al Quaeda is a very specific group, with many of its leaders now eliminated, and otherwise radical Jihadi terrorism is not to be considered a significant threat that has permeated numerous countries and different continents.

In relation to horrific terrorist attacks, such as in the famous massacre at Ben Ghazi, as well as the latest attack in Boston, we are time and time again chided by this President not to "jump to conclusions" about considering them as originating from Islamic Jihad. The massacre at Ft. Hood by terrorist Nidal Hassan while proclaiming Allah Huachbar is still officially designated by this administration as a "workplace violence" incident. Obama can not bring himself to believe that there are so many radical Islamists who want to kill us. Even if they wanted to attack America when George W. Bush was in office, Obama can not accept the notion that they would still want to attack us when he is our president, since they should know that he comes to them with a message of peace.

This attitude is very dangerous however. The tone is set from the top and state and local government agencies, as well as the American public, take their cues from the president. The Boston Marathon, for instance, was run with incredibly lax security. Trash cans and mailboxes were not removed for the race and backpacks were left in plain site in front of police and hundreds of spectators after the bombers walked away from them. No one at the time was suspicious. Why were such big backpacks even allowed into the racing perimeter to begin with? NY police are vigilant about such matters because we were hit on 9/11 but is the rest of the country alert enough?

The CIA and FBI were both informed by Russian authorities that Tamberlan Tsarneav was being radicalized by Islamic groups and that he was planning a trip to Dagestan/Chechnya, both of which are cauldrons of Islamic Jihhadi activity. We know of no follow up by any U.S. agency to monitor his social media footprint which would not have required any warrant from a judge. Furthermore, why were the CIA and FBI not provided the information from Customs and Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security when Tamberlan Tsarnaev came back from the trip to Dagestan and Chechnya? When one government agency does not communicate with another, it is referred to as "stovepiping". Why didn't we learn this lesson already from the 9/11 commission when we learned how the agencies before 9/11 were stovepiping information and thereby not "connecting the dots"?

How come, with the FBI splashing the photos of the bombers for all to see and imploring the public to get involved with identifying them - NO ONE came forward to do so? How come the FBI didn't reference their own data bank whereby they would see that he was investigated and interviewed by the FBI itself? The Tszarneav brothers were known by friends (or at least past friends), fellow students, neighbors and family. The older brother's wife who has converted to Islam, called her husband after the bombing and the posting of the pictures, to give him a head's up that the police are after him. The brothers' uncle, who said that the brothers gave the family and the Chechniyan community a bad name, did not call in the identities of the terrorists either.

How come the Boston police lost track of the younger brother after the shootout with the brothers, even as he sped directly toward them in a stolen car, breaking through their barricade? Were they not allowed to disable the car as he sped away from them? Were they not allowed to shoot at him as he sped away? The brothers had just tossed bombs at the police - is letting a terrorist escape not a case of imminent danger to the public? Why wasn't there a bigger perimeter circle set up so that if he slips through the first line of police that there would be a second and third line to apprehend him? Why were there not helicopters overseeing this shootout and subsequent escape? Why did it finally take a boatowner to find the fugitive hiding in his boat? By that point, the Boston police had essentially given up the immediate search because they did not expand the perimeter of the search zone. There is much that the Boston police and the FBI that was done commendably but these questions need to be asked.

“Barack Obama came to fame with his 2004 speech to the Democratic Convention. In it he said: "there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America. There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America." Unity for America is essential for our success but for us not to be alert to the threats of those in our midst and abroad, who are against us, is a recipe for our destruction.

The denial of the President of the threats confronting us is so deep, it seems no series of events can mobilize his attention to a state of urgency. Mr. Obama declared in a news conference on May 1 at the White House regarding the Boston attack, "Based on what I’ve seen so far, the F.B.I. performed its duties...[the] “Department of Homeland Security did what it was supposed to be doing. But this is hard stuff.” So says the Deniar In Chief. Hashem Yeracham (G-d have mercy on us)!

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