The Global War on Terror is Here

The recent series of terror events were not perpetrated by “lone wolves” or individual lunatics; they were perpetrated by the enemy in a war, on a battlefield that is our home.

These were not battles so much as probing actions. The enemy, radical Islamist terrorists know we have thousands of cameras and a blood lusting media that will cover their actions in toto.

The enemy knows we will respond, and now they know how we will respond, to Ft. Hood, to Chattanooga, to San Bernardino, to Orlando, and now to Chelsea in New York City and to a train station Linden, New Jersey.

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A vigil is seen near the site of the shooting at the Pulse gay night club in Orlando, Florida, June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

The enemy is learning about us. They are not in a hurry. They are willing to be plodding, deliberate and insidious.They have no timetable for their goals. They do not think linearly, they think cyclically.

The Caliphate is a century’s old concept, and what’s going on now is just another spot on the spinning globe of terror, not a start or a stop.

Think of radical Islam in terms of a circle. No beginning, no end; a constant continuum.

Radical Islamists care only about the edicts of Sharia law, the killing of infidels, the conquering of Jews, Christians and non-believers. They will not stop, they will not flinch. They are totally committed, mind, body and spirit.

Forgive the analogy for non-Trekkers, but the Islamic State and its followers and off-shoots are like the Borg; automatonic, they are part human, part machine.

They are human, in the sense only that they bleed, eat, sleep and perform other natural human behaviors, from pro-creating to violence. They are machine, in the sense that any connection to rational, compassionate, loving or logical behavior has been severed.

We are left with a poor resemblance of a true human being.

The Borg’s sole purpose in life is to attain perfection through assimilation. The Borg are drones, subservient to the Borg Queen and programmed to defend her at all costs. They share a collective consciousness and can communicate almost telepathically.

Radical Islamists share the oneness of the Koran, specifically the brutality of Sharia law. Radical Islamists believe they are at war with us and anyone who does not think and behave as they do, so, like the Borg, they seek to assimilate the infidels or kill them.

Watch old episodes of Star Trek, especially The Next Generation, or the Star Trek film First Contactand you will see chilling similarities between radical Islamists and the Borg.

Even though the most recently apprehended terrorist, Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized American born in Afghanistan, was part of a family owned business, First American Fried Chicken in Elizabeth, NJ, he had been radicalized by nefarious forces in Islam.

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Rahami grew up American, but succumbed to the call of the Caliphate and to the glory of the afterlife.

Rahami is a soldier, a programmed cybernetic killer, whose motivation and that of his comrades is irrelevant. The only important thing to know about him and all Islamists is that they want us dead.

Until all Islamists are dead or no longer have the means or will to kill us we must defend ourselves.

I don’t own a weapon, although I carried one in the Army for 22 years, including in a combat zone. I respect and will defend the right of Americans to keep and bear arms to my last dying breath.

Now I am thinking, since the Global War on Terror is here, how will I defend my family from radical Islamic terror? What if these probing actions become a street-to-street or house-to-house assault? How would I protect my family?

How would I protect my family during an innocent birthday trip to New York City for my daughter?

For years after 9/11 every time I saw a passenger plane in the sky I would look up with a pinch in my stomach. “Will this one crash into a building, too?”

Now, when walking the streets of Manhattan, where I worked for 8 ½ years, mostly in the Chelsea neighborhood, what will I feel when I see a trash bin full of trash? Normally at every corner, these items are a necessity. How can they be managed safely?

Is terrorism working? How can we stop it/them? Who will stop it/them? Do we have to do it ourselves, and if so, how?

Someone in authority needs to come up with some answers and fast, or the third world we see on TV will be us.

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I am the author of “Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior,” and three times mobilized U.S. Army Reserve Major (Retired). Author web page: http://sbpra.com/montgomeryjgranger/ Twitter @mjgranger1

Lee Zeldin, Keeping American’s Safe

“In today’s world, it is so important that we do everything that we can to keep Americans safe.” Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1) is a family man, veteran, and dedicated citizen. In his work as U.S. Representative for New York’s First Congressional District on Long Island, he prioritizes the safety of his constituents and all Americans.

When it seems like the current President and his administration are more concerned with a kinder, gentler and even apologetic global image for the United States, Lee Zeldin believes in keeping America strong and safe.

That’s why last December, Lee introduced the Protect America Act (H.R. 4237), which will “prevent terrorists from being able to purchase firearms or explosives while protecting the due process rights of law abiding citizens.”

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The bill’s mantle is that terrorists should “absolutely not” not be able to purchase firearms or explosives. The bill goes beyond that to also protect the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

In denying a gun purchase, Zeldin believes the burden of proof should be on the Federal government to show probable cause. Citizens have a constitutionally supported right to due process, and the bill protects that right within the context of purchasing fire arms.

“Additionally, citizens deserve their right to notice, counsel and a hearing related to the presentation of this evidence justifying the denial of the purchase [of a firearm],” according to Zeldin.

The bill also addresses the need for diligent vetting and updating of terrorist watch lists to “remove all erroneous entries” on such lists. Americans deserve protection from both potential attacks and from being falsely identified as a potential threat.

Shortly after the terrorist attack on innocent Americans at a night club in Orlando, Fla., Lee Zeldin made a statement that hit home and demonstrated his commitment to protecting Americans:

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“The handgun and Sig Sauer rifle used in this terrorist attack did not march itself into the nightclub and discharge itself. There was a shooter who was a radicalized Islamic terrorist pledging allegiance to ISIS, who violently hated the LGBT community and yelled “Allahu Akbar” while killing 49 innocent Americans. There is a whole lot more going on here beyond the gun control debate and attempts to narrow this issue so glaringly is alienating the rest of our country who understand the bigger picture.”

Guns aren’t the problem; unrestricted access to guns by terrorists is part of the problem. Denying reasonable access to lawful American citizens is not a solution.

The Protect America Act is a solution.

If concerned Americans contacted their Representatives and urged them to support the bill more lives could be saved. A deterrent today is always better than a reaction too late.

Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., said, “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”

H.R. 4237 doesn’t to pretend to fix everything that could be better about terrorists and guns in America, but it would bring us that much closer to the perfect plan.

“In order to form a more perfect Union,” from the preamble of the U.S. Constitution, means that we as Americans strive for perfection in everything we do, while recognizing that we are not perfect.

The Judeo/Christian ethic of following the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule help guide our decision making and form the basis of our values. These principles also guided our founders and offer illumination on our struggles today.

Lee Zeldin appreciates these American values, which is why he introduced the Protect America Act. He walks-the-walk as an American soldier, is a loving husband and father, and keeps his faith as a practicing religious American.

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Just past the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, are we any safer today than we were on September 12, 2001?

Supporting Lee Zeldin for Congress and encouraging your Congressmen and women to support the Protect America Act would be a big step in keeping all Americans safer in a stronger U.S.A.

 

Montgomery Granger is a veteran, retired U.S. Army major, and author of “Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior.