Loretta Lynch echoes Richard Gere’s 9/11 advice: Combat Islamic terror with ‘love’

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Actor Richard Gere was booed by firefighters at The Concert for New York shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when he said the best “medicine” for al Qaeda was “love.” The story always stuck with me for its herculean weirdness, which is why Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s very same advice for victims of the June 12, 2016, terrorist attack in Orlando immediately caught my ear on Tuesday.

“To the LGBT community — we stand with you,” Mrs. Lynch said while at a press conference in Florida. “The good in this world far outweighs the evil. Our common humanity transcends our differences, and our most effective response to terror is compassion, it’s unity and it’s love. We stand with you today because we grieve together, and long after the cameras are gone will continue to stand with you as we grow together in commitment and solidarity and in equality.”

Terrorist Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group as he killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a gay nightclub. The organization he adored throws gay men off tall buildings and takes women as sex slaves.

Question: Could anything be more distasteful than essentially telling Christian sex slaves in Iraq, Syria, and North Africa: “You’re not loving them hard enough,“?

The response to Islamic terrorism on American shores — the battlefield has no borders in this war —by President Obama is to a.) go Orwellian by censoring any information that helps citizens define the enemy, and b.) pretend as though scary-looking rifles are to blame.

For those who weren’t paying attention to the news on Monday, the FBI tried to release transcripts of Omar Mateen’s 911 calls without any reference to ISIS, Allah, etc. National mockery forced the agency to backtrack.

USA Today reported Monday:

The FBI and Department of Justice released a full transcript of the Orlando gunman’s 911-call on Monday afternoon amid outrage that the original transcript omitted reference to the terror group ISIL.

In a joint statement, officials said they released the partial transcript and omitted any reference to ISIL so as not to provide the terror group with additional publicity, which could be used for “hateful propaganda” purposes.

The White House is so determined to expunge the idea that Islam has something to do with Islamic terrorism that it now finds itself trying to go full 1984. Never go full 1984…

If you don’t believe your friendly neighborhood blogger, then perhaps you will believe the Department of Homeland Security.

The Homeland Security Advisory Council ordered officials just days before the Orlando massacre:

  1. Do not use the word “jihad.”
  2. Do not use the word “sharia.”
  3. Do not use the word “takfir.”
  4. “Reject religiously-charged terminology and problematic positioning by using plain meaning American English.”

If someone is trying to kill you and they say they are doing it to bring the world into accordance with Sharia law, then it is incumbent upon you to know what Sharia law means.

If officials refuse to familiarize civil society with the terminology used by enemies of the state, then they are putting countless lives at risk.

  • Imagine if officials refused to discuss Nazism during World War II.
  • Imagine if officials refused to discuss Communism during the Cold War.

It would be madness, wouldn’t it? That’s because intelligent people know that you cannot mobilize a population for a giant and prolonged undertaking without accurately defining the task at hand.

America has a commander in chief who would rather muddle and confuse the population to daunting security challenges than to inform them of uncomfortable truths. The president has greater fidelity to political correctness than to life-saving clarity, and for that the citizenry should be livid.

Christians are told to turn the other cheek, but one cannot do that when the head is separated from the neck.

It is right to pray for one’s enemies, but it is also just to defeat them on the field of battle.

The current administration is not up to the job of safeguarding liberty for future generations, and for that reason its allies deserve to be soundly defeated at the ballot box.

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Omar Mateen unleashes terror in Orlando, Twitter mob blames Christians, NRA

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Omar Mateen of St. Lucie County, Fla., massacred 50 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Saturday. The St. Lucie County man had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and was previously investigated by the FBI. Those are the kind of details that rightly prompt discussions on homeland security and radical Islamic terrorism in objective circles.

On Twitter, however, the online mobs have directed their rage and anger at other targets: Christians and the National Rifle Association. Seriously.

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Yes, that’s right, a guy who pledged allegiance to ISIS before unleashing a terror attack like those in Paris or Brussels was somehow driven by “the Christian Right” to slaughter gay people — according to the Twitter mob.

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Scott Wiener, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, wants everyone to know that “Radical Christianity more than holds its own” when compared to the Islamic terrorists throwing gay men off tall buildings in Syria or mowing down innocent civilians around the world.

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Finally, the Orlando-terror Twitter stream was filled with individuals like Deni Rosenberg, who want the world to believe that “good guys” with guns would not have saved countless lives inside Pulse Nightclub — despite the fact that it took a S.W.A.T. team (i.e., good guys with guns), to end the bloody standoff.

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Every time Islamic radicals kill civilians in western countries, the response by politically-correct activists is to proclaim, “this has nothing to do with Islam” — while simultaneously sliming Christians and gun-owners as the catalyst for terror. Oddly enough, these very same activists wonder why presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is popular with millions of Americans.

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If Donald Trump is elected the 45th president of the United States, then pollsters should ask about this moment in history. Millions of voters’ decision will be galvanized within the next week, and it is my opinion (as a Giant Meteor of Death supporter) that a cacophony of politically-correct platitudes will push them into Mr. Trump’s camp.

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Editor’s Note:

Regular readers know that this blog has been nominated for a Hugo Award. This morning I saw a trackback in my WordPress stats to one voter’s critique of my writing. I fell into a “No Award” category based on my “weaker” political fare. An example of my “weaker” efforts was a Dec. 12, 2015, post that warned of “Shariah Police” legally patrolling the streets of Germany — and how Christianity differs from Islam. (I’m not sure how my thoughts on Shariah law have anything to do with The Amazing Spider-Man, but I digress.)

“Ernst’s more political/social commentary posts are much weaker but the guy is saddled with having to defend poorly thought out positions,’ the writer said. “Overall, a bit middling with high variability. There are many better writers out there but as there is a danger of political bias on my part leading me to undervalue the rest of his writing I strongly considered putting him above No Award. However, even the best of his writing just isn’t up to award-worthy.”

Here is my “poorly thought out position” from that post: Shariah Law is dangerous (e.g., it allows for the execution of gay people, domestic terrorism, etc.), and 2 million refugees from the Middle East and North Africa will pose significant security problems for German authorities in the years to come.

Let me ask my Magic 8 Ball if “political bias” was at play with that “No Award” vote.

Answer: “As I see it, yes.”

‘Islamophobia’ lecture follows Brussels terror attack

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Anyone who wants further evidence that Western Civilization is in its death throes should have been on Twitter Tuesday morning. The smoke had not yet cleared after attacks by the Islamic State group in Brussels, Belgium, when “Islamophobia” was trending on the social media platform.

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Somewhere in a subway station in Brussels a man was trying to keep his entrails from spilling out into broken glass after an Islamic terror attack, and women like Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and “@localblacktivist” all over the world were literally worrying about “Islamophobia.”

CNN reported Tuesday:

Three explosions that ripped through the Belgian capital of Brussels on Tuesday killed at least 26 people and wounded 130 more, according to Belgian media, and raised the reality of terror once again in the heart of Europe.

“We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told reporters.

Belgian federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said it was too soon to know exactly how many people died in the bombings. Yet the Brussels Metro Authority reported that 15 died and 55 were wounded in the subway station blast. And Belgian media report at least 11 more people were killed in the two blasts in the Brussels Airport departure hall.

People wonder why someone like Donald Trump is popular, but it only takes a few minutes of watching world leaders react to Islamic terror attacks to understand his support.

Take, for instance, President Obama’s reaction to the Islamic terror attack in San Bernardino, California, last year. In a diplomatic way, Mr. Obama accused the media of spreading “Islamophobia” for ratings.

The president told CNN on Dec. 22, 2015;

“If you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you have been seeing, all you have been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you,” Obama said Monday, CNN reported. Look, the media is pursuing ratings. This is a legitimate news story. I think that, you know, it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.”

The reason why news stories about Islamic terrorists “coming to get” westerners exist is because ISIS, al Qaida, and their ideological allies do precisely that. That isn’t a ratings grab — that is reality. We should never be paralyzed by fear, but we shouldn’t sacrifice honesty at the alter of political correctness, either.

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Tuesday’s attack in Brussels comes less than six months after the Nov. 13, 2015, massacre in Paris, France, that killed 130 and wounded countless others. If this is what “contained” looks like — as Mr. Obama infamously said at the time — it is safe to say that world “leaders” are not doing their job.

Samuel L. Jackson ‘really wanted’ Calif. terrorists to be white

 

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It was only a few years ago that Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson literally admitted that he only voted for Barack Obama because of the man’s skin color. Marvel’s “Nick Fury” was back in the news over the weekend when he told The Hollywood Reporter that he “really wanted” the recent terror attack in San Bernardino to be committed by white people.

Seriously.

Jackson told the website Sunday:

“When that thing happened in France, we were sitting there going, ‘Oh, my God, these terrorists!’ And I can’t even tell you how much that day the thing that happened in San Bernardino – I was in Hawaii – how much I really wanted that to just be another, you know, crazy white dude, and not really some Muslims, because it’s like: ‘Oh, sh-t. It’s here. And it’s here in another kind of way,’” Jackson said Sunday.

“Now, OK, it happened on an Army base, and it happened somewhere else. But now? It’s like they have a legitimate reason now to look at your Muslim neighbor, friend, whatever in another way. And they become the new young black men.”

Let us now unpack the race-card schizophrenia on display by the “Hateful Eight” star.

Men of Mr. Jackson’s politics will lament “white privilege” on any day of the week, but when a terrorist attack happens they find themselves wishing for a white attacker — whose actions will be culturally washed away by … white privilege.

Jackson acknowledges that his ideological opponents will have a “legitimate reason” to analyze Islam. Likewise, his response indicates there are legitimate reasons why the culture embraced by young black men needlessly dying in, say, Chicago, should be subject to national scrutiny. Note again, however, that Mr. Jackson’s ideology prompts him to yearn for the very thing he claims to despise.

He only wants to have national conversations on race and religion in the United States when reality does not conflict with his cookie-cutter talking points.

Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, killed 14 people and wounded 21 on Dec. 2. As their massacre unfolded, the vast majority of Americans simply prayed for the dead and wounded. They hoped the FBI would quickly find and apprehend those who were accountable — no matter what they looked like, their religious convictions and mental health.

If you have ever wondered why complex problems in the U.S. go unresolved for decades, then simply look at men (at both ends of the ideological spectrum) like Mr. Jackson.

Any evidence that makes the “team” look bad is seen as something that must be swept under the carpet or, if that is not an option, denied.

Instead of having an adult conversation about reality as it is, the Jacksons of the world dig in their heels and spout a phrase that all fans of “Mythbusters” know: “I reject your reality and substitute my own.”

To borrow another well-known saying: “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

Obama, delusional, blames media for ISIS fears

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President Obama gave an interview with National Public Radio before heading off for vacation that should send chills down the spine of anyone who cares about national security. The president blamed the media for Americans’ fears of the Islamic State group instead of a.) the Dec. 2 terror attack in California, the deadliest on U.S. soil since 9/11, b.) the resiliency of ISIS, and c.) an aimless “strategy” to defeat the terror group.

“If you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you have been seeing, all you have been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you,” Obama said Monday, CNN reported. Look, the media is pursuing ratings. This is a legitimate news story. I think that, you know, it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.”

How delusional does a man have to be to question media coverage of a terror group only weeks after 14 Americans were slaughtered in San Bernardino by its supporters?

How tone-deaf does a man have to be to question media  coverage of a terror group just weeks after it killed 130 during an attack inside Paris, France?

To add insult to injury,  Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, was arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Dec. 9 and charged with trying to join ISIS. He is the 10th Twin Cities resident facing such charges.

The president’s comments also come in the middle of a world-wide refugee crisis fueled by the U.S.-led coalition’s failure to destroy ISIS in Iraq, Syria, and parts of North Africa. Millions of people are scattered across the globe, ISIS explicitly says it wants to use the chaos to filter its members into western nations, and Mr. Obama wonders why networks are covering the story.

In short, Mr. Obama’s comments can be translated: “Can’t you guys just cover Steve Harvey screwing up the 2015 Miss Universe pageant? You’ll get ratings and protect my reputation at the same time! Come on, what do you say? You just need to cover for me one more year and I’ll be out of here.”

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The president did everything within his power to ignore the Middle East since 2008. He believed his own hype — that the world’s terrorism-related ills could primarily be traced by to George W. Bush — and in doing so he allowed al Qaeda’s mutation to thrive and grow.

The fear Americans have of ISIS is a rational response to a reality that Mr. Obama helped create. If the president is unhappy with news coverage now, then he should not have dismissed ISIS as a “JV” team on Jan. 27, 2014.

Fans chant ‘Allahu Akbar!’ during terror victim ceremony; Comparison to Green Bay telling

Turkey soccer team

A moment of silence for Paris terror attack victims in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was ruined when a single fan out of 78,000 screamed “Muslims suck!” The outburst was condemned by Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers.

Two days later a stadium filled with 17,000 Turkish soccer fans shouted “Allahu Akbar!” during a similar ceremony in Istanbul. One would think the two incidents would be worthy of comparison, but for the most part media would like to just do the, “Move, along. Move along. Nothing to see here” coverage.

Time magazine covered both incidents, but there was zero mention of Lambeau Field’s fans during coverage of the fiasco at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.

Here is what Rogers said after last Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions:

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers publicly called out the fan who made the remark during his postgame press conference, .

“I think it’s important to do things like [the moment of silence]. We’re a connected world, you know — six degrees of separation,” he said. “I must admit, though, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate, during the moment of silence. It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today, as a world.”

In a different world, Rogers would be able to acknowledge just how amazing it is that in a stadium filled with 78,000 fans who just tailgated for an hour prior to taking their seats, only a single fan decided to make an outburst like a character straight out of an Adam Sandler movie.

In a different world, reporters would circle back with Rogers and ask him what it means when thousands of fans in Turkey chant “Allahu Akbar!” during a moment of silence for the 129 killed and 350 injured in last Friday’s terror attacks.

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Here is what Time reported in response to Nov. 17’s fiasco in Istanbul:

The incident, reported by Reuters and other news outlets and depicted in videos uploaded to Twitter, took place before the Turkey vs. Greece game, as the players from both teams stood silent to honor the 129 people who died during the attacks last week. One well-known commentator on Islamic issues wrote on his Facebook page that “it has become common practice for Turkish fans to chant during moments of silence [to] honor the victims.”

But the Turkish team’s manager condemned the fans’ behavior, saying it damaged the country’s image internationally. “If we don’t act like we did today, we can prevent sports from being sacrificed to terrorism,” he was quoted as saying.

The Green Bay fan who screamed “Muslims suck!” acted very much like a pathetic clown, but it should not be lost on Americans that such individuals are often responding to the very-real culture of intolerance permeating the Middle East and North Africa.

Think about how sick and twisted a culture would have to be in order to get thousands of attendees at national soccer game to chant “Allahu Akbar!” during a ceremony for terror victims.

If Aaron Rogers wants to really experience “prejudicial ideology that … puts us in the position that we’re in today,” then perhaps he should buy a few tickets to sporting events in the Middle East.

French father tells son ‘flowers’ stop terror; ISIS school hands kids guns

A French father tells his young child that “flowers” can protect him from the Islamic State group. A teacher at a school run by ISIL hands children guns and instructs them to kill infidels.

Question: At what point does a man’s “peace at any cost” rhetoric become delusional, dangerous, and downright insulting to those who provide for the common defense?

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The first interview came from Le Petit Journal. The second story comes from Frontline PBS’ “ISIS in Afghanistan.” In both cases, however, we see men at the far ends of an ideological spectrum.

In the case of the French father mourning last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, he does a disservice to the child by inculcating a worldview that flat-out rejects the need for those who put their lives on the line to secure peace.

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The death count in France stands at 129. How many more would have died if brave S.W.A.T. teams weren’t willing to charge into a room with men unloading AK-47s?

Police didn’t storm into the Bataclan concert hall with flowers — they went in with armor and their own weapons.

It is possible to ease a scared child’s mind without filling it with symbolic messages John Lennon would cheer after an acid trip.

Whether America and its allies want to admit it or not, we are in a clash of civilizations. World history is littered with lawlessness and tyranny. Western Civilization helped spark a period of time where universal human rights and the rule of law actually mattered. Freedom and liberty were never preserved by men with flowers because we live in a fallen world, and that is not about to change in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

In order to maintain history’s few outposts of freedom, we will need to raise men and women who are up to task. Teaching children there is nothing worth fighting and dying for is a surefire recipe for failure.

Nick Spencer lectures world on refugees; Marvel writer silent on how many he’ll accept into his home

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Marvel’s Nick Spencer used the Paris terror attacks on Friday as an opportunity to remind the world of its duty to accept millions of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

His conclusion: Refusing to force towns like Sumte, Germany (population: 100), to accept 750 people from Syria, Iraq, and Libya is a win for the Islamic State group. Strangely, he refused to say how many he would take into his own home. How about five? Does five work? If Smute,Germany, can be outnumbered 7-to-1 overnight, then Marvel’s Captain America scribe should be able to handle a Syrian family of five.

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We don’t know exactly where the thousands of refugees that make it to the U.S. will wind up, but Business Insider assures us they will be able to eventually make contact with Nick Spencer — if he’s willing to put his money where his mouth is.

Business Insider reported Sept. 12:

Those who have relatives in the United States will sometimes be assigned to live near them, and most go to cities like Atlanta, San Diego or Dallas where rents are more affordable than in New York or San Francisco.

Others end up in smaller cities like Boise, Idaho or Erie, Pennsylvania, but regardless of where they are taken they are free to move once they find their footing.

Sure, Mr. Spencer will have to buy less tweed jackets from J-Crew or Banana Republic, but he’ll finally be able to rest easy. He’ll know in his heart that he’s finally doing more than self-righteously pontificating on his social media moral pedestal.

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Mr. Spencer, an activist masquerading as a comic book writer, says the “goal of ISIS” is to get countries (what about Captain America writers?) to stop accepting migrants. The odd thing about liberal activists like Mr. Spencer is that they only take Islamic radicals at their word when it suits the liberal-activist agenda.

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It is not hard to find Islamic radicals who say they plan to achieve their long-term strategic objectives through various means (e.g., migration coupled with high birth rates). One needs to only look at London and Paris — and soon Berlin — to see Islamic radicals are masters at playing long-ball.

If you get a chance, let Mr. Spencer know that you can’t wait until he starts taking single men off Germany’s hands. It’s always nice to see comic book writers practice what they preach.

Exit Question: Nick Spencer is the type of guy who likes to take shots at Christians with comments like, “42 percent of Americans believe the world was created in six days.” Sure, time to God is not like time to man — and it is understandable that smarmy writers will not get that humans use imperfect language to describe the actions of a perfect being beyond our comprehension — but I digress.

What are the chances Nick Spencer would ever tweet something along the lines of, “78 percent of all incoming refugees believe the death penalty is appropriate for those who reject Islam“?

In Mr. Spencer’s world, taking weird pot-shots at Christians is totally acceptable, but voicing concerns about mass Islamic-migration on the day of a giant terrorist attack in downtown Paris is out of line. Telling.

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Paris terror attacks expose idiocy of American college activists, ‘safe spaces’ for ‘hurtful’ words

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American college students spent the last week demanding “safe spaces” on campuses because people can be jerks — and then the Paris terror attacks exposed them all as a bunch of pathetic babies.

A university president resigned on Monday because a bunch of sheltered kids didn’t realize human beings were capable of doing something as bizarre as scrawling “poo-swastikas” on bathroom walls — and then a group of terrorists slaughtered over 100 innocent people across Paris.

Reuters reported Friday:

For the second time in less than a year, France and the world are asking how carnage could strike at the heart of this much-loved city, including at a concert hall barely a few hundred steps from January’s deadly attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

“As we went to our car we saw dozens of people running out of the Bataclan,” local resident Caterina Giardino, an Italian national, said of the 19th century theatre-turned-music venue where gunman clad in black systematically killed nearly 100.

“Many of them were covered with blood, people were screaming,” she added, sitting on a bench with a friend as she recalled how one young man emerged from the concert hall with the bloody imprint of a hand on his shirt.

The exact sequence of gun and bomb assaults on the concert hall, a sports stadium and restaurants in the French capital that left at least 120 dead is still unclear. …

For his government, as for the French, the coming days are likely to raise as many questions as answers.

To add insult to injury, ABC News aired Millennials’ favorite politician, President Barack Obama, hours earlier saying ISIL was “contained.” (The segment was taped on Thursday.)

“I don’t think they’re gaining strength. What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.” — Barack Obama. Nov. 13, 2015. ABC News, Good Morning America.

Regular readers of this blog will note that it was only two days ago that I said, “Sometimes, people say mean things. It apparently hurts [Ithaca college students’] feelings more than it hurts the skulls and spinal cords of gay men thrown off tall buildings by the Islamic State group in Syria. And so, there must be a “no confidence” vote in Ithaca College president Tom Rochon.

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Mark Steyn echoed this sentiment Friday in his excellent piece “The Barbarians Are Inside, And There Are No Gates.”

Twenty-four hours ago, I said on the radio apropos the latest campus “safe space” nonsense: This is what we’re going to be talking about when the mullahs nuke us.

Almost. When the Allahu Akbar boys opened fire, Paris was talking about the climate-change conference due to start later this month, when the world’s leaders will fly in to “solve” a “problem” that doesn’t exist rather than to address the one that does. But don’t worry: we already have a hashtag (#PrayForParis) and doubtless there’ll be another candlelight vigil of weepy tilty-headed wankers. Because as long as we all advertise how sad and sorrowful we are, who needs to do anything?

#PrayForMizzou. #BringBackourGirls. #MillionStudentMarch. #Kony2012.

The Twitter hashtag can be leveraged to disseminate important information and inspire people to action, but most Americans simply use it to convey that they care. They really, really care. Unfortunately for them, solving complex problems require more than just words. It requires action, sacrifice, and an ability to deal with conflict, which is something “safe space” junkies are not willing to provide.

If you get a chance, pray for the victims of the Paris terror attack — but do it alone in your room at night and then don’t tell anyone about it. In short, do the exact opposite with college activists standing in the middle of a quad with a bullhorn typically do. You’ll be glad you did.

‘Relentless Strike’: Sean Naylor tells the breathtaking history of Joint Special Operations Command

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I heard about a book called “Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command” in early September. Pentagon officials were not thrilled that author Sean Naylor wanted to shed light on the Herculean efforts required to keep Americans safe. Given that special operators tend to work in the shadows, the Pentagon’s position makes sense — but I bought the book anyway — and found myself relentlessly reading it until the finish.

It is incredibly hard to review a book that spans the entire history of JSOC. Perhaps the best way to approach the book is to say how painful it was to read of all the many successes these elite operators had since Sept. 11, 2001, only to see much of their work squandered since 2008.

Towards the end of the book, Naylor discusses the rise of the Islamic State group and what its gains in Iraq meant to JSOC.

The list of Iraqi cities the Islamic State had taken by the end of the summer was a roll call of places where the JSOC task force had engaged in hard, vicious fights to dislodge Saddam Hussein’s forces and then to eviscerate Al Qaeda in Iraq: Haditha, where the Rangers withstood a fearsome artillery barrage to take a vital dam during the 2003 invasion; Tikrit, where Task Force Wolverine and Team Tank fought it out with the Fedayeen; Fallujah, where Don Hollenbaugh had earned his Distinguished Service Cross by holding off an insurgent assault single-handedly in April 2004; Rawa, where Doug Taylor’s Delta troop had impersonated farmhands to snare Ghassan Amin in April 2005; Al Qaim, where Delta operators Steven Langmack, Bob Horrigan, and Michael McNulty had died in the bloody spring of 2005; and Mosul, where the Rangers killed Abu Khalaf in a perfectly executed assault in 2008. (Sean Naylor. Relentless Strike. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2015, 437)

By the time this summery occurs, the reader has been familiarized with details of every one of the hard-fought battles mentioned. It is tough to read without wincing.

The vast majority of Americans will never comprehend the amount blood, sweat, and tears shed by special operators. Naylor’s work, as prolific as it is, scratches the surface in terms of heroic tales known only to a select few.

Regardless, if nothing else, “Relentless Strike” makes it obvious that while millions of Americans are watching cat videos on YouTube or mindlessly uploading selfies to their social media page, shadow wars are raging all around them.

There is a thin veil of peace and tranquility over most Americans’ eyes, and it is only kept in place by the rough hands of those who are willing to fight and die on the other side of the globe.

I highly suggest “Relentless Strike” for anyone who wants to know what, exactly, it takes to provide national security to 350 million Americans on a daily basis.