When all over again, France has been the victim of a vicious terrorist assault. At the time once again, intelligence and safety companies failed to uncover the plot as was the circumstance in the buildup to November’s assault on Paris. As soon as once again, France’s government has proven alone unable to keep its citizenry risk-free. Once all over again, terrorism has demonstrated its efficiency as a weapon of war and much more so when a place seemingly has no efficient countermeasures. When all over again, the dilemma of terrorism is grossly compounded by the inflow of Muslim immigrants all over Europe, particularly France, which has the most significant amount in relation to the entire population of that nation–and even to a diploma right here. President Obama, and Hillary Clinton, as well, are intent on bringing in tens of thousands of Muslim immigrants fleeing the war in Syria, regardless of the guidance of warning by all those who know the dangers of doing so. “It is who we are!” states President Obama, seemingly oblivious to the inherent potential risks of unfettered immigration from the Center East.

We are reminded of the at any time-existing danger posed by both right dispatched terrorists from ISIS specifically, or even the indirect lone wolves acting with the encouragement of ISIS to continue to be home and wage jihad from there. At this issue we do not know which form the July 14 terrorist in Wonderful was. Irrespective, at about 10:30 p.m. on July 14, in the seacoast city of Great, France, a white box truck created its way in direction of and turned still left onto the Promenade des Anglais just as the fireworks, attracting big crowds numbering properly into the hundreds, ended up ending. The driver was French-Tunisian, an immigrant from that country holding a French residency card equal to our green card system of pinpointing those people in-state legally and authorized to get the job done, etcetera. He was thirty-a single-calendar year-outdated Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who experienced acquired his residency card by marriage. (Sound common? Hint: San Bernardino, the spouse of an American citizen who entered our country by virtue of her marriage to an American, and was the deadly female companion in the massacre there past December.)

The truck did not seem menacing in the minimum to the casual observer–late model, white in shade, modern and “alluring” in overall look as vans go. In minutes of entering the shut street, Bouhlel experienced remodeled an standard widespread box truck into a nineteen-ton juggernaut of death and mayhem as it sped alongside the coastal highway, mowing down any person in its path–in fact swerving to and fro in buy to hit the biggest range possible, all the time firing a weapon into the crowd of fleeing bystanders.

In just a issue of minutes, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel experienced killed eighty-4 helpless people today and hurt lots of a lot more, at minimum fifty-four critically. Ten little ones ended up amongst the victims laying in the bloody road, mangled and lifeless.

The Thursday, July 14 attack was exceptional in that we do not think about a truck a deadly weapon, absolutely not a weapon of war. But that is what it was July 14 in Good. The a person driver drove what would seem a prepared route where he would experience the most people today–targets to him–push into them as quickly as he could get his truck to go, intent on producing chaos and worry, decided to inflict loss of life on as several innocents as probable, recognizing his excursion would unquestionably be shortened by the French police in the space. He had to know he was about to come to be a martyr for the trigger of Islam.

This use of a truck as a weapon is not new. Most of you may well have overlooked the last time it was applied was versus Us residents–United Mentioned Marines. The place? Lebanon. When? Oct 1983. A truck, loaded with far more than two thousand lbs of explosives, crashed by means of the flimsy perimeter fence, sped past the gate guards, and plowed into the ground ground foyer of the short term barracks a Marine infantry battalion was utilizing as housing, killing 241 of them and injuring hundreds a lot more.

They had been Islamic terrorists then, they are Islamic terrorists now. Sorry, President Obama, but it does subject if you connect with them that opposite to your pondering why you should really.

July 14 is Bastille Working day in France, a celebration of the storming of the Bastille prison to absolutely free a tiny variety of political prisoners–7 is the well-liked rely. The working day is a cousin, sort of, to our 4th of July. In France, July 14 signifies the starting of republican democracy and the close of tyrannical rule. As we do here for our July 4, the people of France were out in huge quantities to look at the fireworks out more than the Mediterranean Sea, primarily in Awesome, a wonderful seacoast town on the French Riviera.

Enable me be very clear–as of but, no team has claimed credit rating for this latest attack. It, most most likely, is the get the job done of ISIS, but Al Qaeda is fighting to regain its status as the top rated pet in the Muslim religion’s battles versus the evils of the Western earth and its corrupt and immoral societies as they see them.

The day of the attack was no coincidence. The key aim of terrorist assaults is to build these kinds of chaotic disorientation, large-spread worry, and crippling stress as to paralyze a country for a extended period with tiny hard work–to terrorize us. Paris experienced done that, but now maybe that point out of terror needed a booster shot. Granted these violent, unpredictable acts do as they had been supposed.

Nevertheless, terrorism is also a political weapon for all those who have none. ISIS and Al Qaeda are not international locations in and of them selves. Not currently being sovereign nations, they lack standing in the entire world, they have no serious legitimacy, they are rogues, and they are desperate to realize status. Even though the leader of the ISIS movement has declared he has proven a caliphate–primarily an independent country made up of components of Syria and Iraq as of now, it is not recognized as a portion of the earth buy. In truth, it is considered as bogus at greatest, and versus all of the governing and lawful areas of the United Nations.

To attack a region this sort of as France on this date was likely established some time ago when the setting up for it commenced. If it experienced just been any other day, there would be substantially much less globally news protection, significantly a lot less indignation, and absolutely substantially significantly less an elevation in standing for ISIS. There may have been a lone driver of that truck that wreaked so much mayhem, but other folks prepared it and advised him where to go and when.

I, for a person, as a pupil of terrorism–a own desire and pastime for the past forty years–have, just yesterday, elevated slightly the status of ISIS in my intellect. They are undoubtedly a pretty capable selection of radical Islamists–killers and rogues, certainly, but neither uneducated in the worth of quasi-army methods, which includes psychological functions—nd probably particularly the psychological factors of terrorism–nor unaware of the sport of international politics.

That elevation of position has been with me from the very commencing when I to start with turned informed of that corporation. I might have started with the similar see as President Obama, disclosed when he answered a problem about ISIS throughout a television job interview. At the time, Al Qaeda was the concern, not some upstart. The president claimed, “If a JV crew places on Laker’s jerseys, that isn’t going to make them Kobe Bryant.”

That assertion may well be acceptable sitting about a bar speaking politics and the like, but I cringed when I read it. In sports, that is referred to as taunting, and a penalty or foul is identified as. I do know this, centered on much more than twenty a long time as a United States Maritime: 1 ought to under no circumstances taunt the enemy, particularly as perilous an firm as ISIS–it serves only to embolden them, inspire them, and bolster their willpower to carry on the struggle. They are perfectly-tuned to every thing we say as perfectly as do. Most likely much more inclined to hear to our terms than watch us do anything at all. In the “doing” arena, we have stumbled and bumbled–even fumbled–under this president as Commander-in-Main insofar as a obvious and properly-thought-out approach for this war, and war it is even though that word, as well as the expression “Islamic terrorists,” doesn’t resonate nicely in the halls of the White Dwelling. Nor does it build enjoyment at the Pentagon from what I see of our Secretary of Protection, an particular person far more anxious with conducting social engineering experiments on our navy than formulating a plan to gain this conflict.

I also cringe when I see or hear on national information these kinds of specifics as this from the Army Instances, and all countrywide information stores: The United States will deliver 560 more troops to Iraq to remodel a freshly retaken air foundation into a staging hub for the extensive-awaited fight to recapture Mosul from Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday. This sort of data ought to not be posted. I can not fathom why we do these forms of silly matters routinely.

In Entire world War II, this sort of phrases as, “Unfastened lips sink ships were being the norm.” Now we have the Secretary of Defense asserting to all, which include ISIS, our intent to bolster the Iraq military to retake Mosul. How do you assume ISIS will cope with this strategic info–announced by the head person in charge of the Pentagon no a lot less? (I believe I know the remedy to that.)

Visualize this: Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War in August, 1945, calling a press convention to announce we experienced these truly major bombs and we were being heading to drop them on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the dates in August we would do so.

For these kinds of carelessness with revealing the aspects of military deployments and this kind of (and we assume Hillary’s emails were being problematic as to her deficiency of issue for nationwide protection), as well as his social engineering blunders that have overburdened our military to an unbelievable extent, I contend he is the least adept Secretary of Defense in our country’s history, unqualified for the occupation, and incompetent in it.

Ashton Carter has been investing way as well significantly time, egged on by the president no doubt for legacy needs, on the kind of non-troubles as homosexual rights in the military services, women of all ages in all models of each individual branch of the navy, and the hottest buffoonery, transgenderism, and not enough time heading up the Protection Department, fundamentally receiving the dwelling in buy, devoting the needed time and effort to arrive up with a remedy to the ever-much more-ominous ISIS and Al Qaeda, as his work need to desire.

We call for a in-depth, extended-phrase tactic to cope with the menace of ISIS and any of their or Al Qaeda’s affiliate marketers where ever they may well be in the entire world, and they are seemingly in all places–all over the continent of Africa, in Asia, and the Center East. It is lengthy earlier time for action of a deliberate character, not the waffling of President Obama and Ashton Carter.

Rest certain, Ash, ISIS could give a damned about “equality” in their battling forces. As for transgenderism and gays staying “out” in the armed service–properly, getting seen their beheading films on television in residing shade, I think you know what their future would glimpse like.

(Do we seriously require a army burdened with hundreds of Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner’s?)

In buy to defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda, et al, we will have to know of them and recognize them, and not just take them as some form of “JV” army team of no menace to the impressive United States armed service. I and an Military officer named Bob Bowes taught a a few hour course on the subject at the John F. Kennedy Centre for Military Assistance, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 1972 to 1975. I have intently adopted terrorism and terrorists considering that then, looking at each individual e-book by the likes of Steve Emerson, and others, and viewed plenty of hrs of documentaries, which keep on to the recent time–for case in point CNN’s Why Do They Dislike Us, asking about the Western environment, whilst I see that documentary as we should just take the blame for all that has gone completely wrong in the Muslim earth.

My preferred of the publications out now on the issue is ISIS: Within The Military of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan. The authors describe ISIS as complex and multifaceted. “ISIS is a terrorist organization, but it isn’t only a terrorist group. It is also a mafia… adept at exploiting marketplaces for oil and arms trafficking… It is a traditional armed forces with a skilled acumen that has amazed users of the US navy… It is a innovative intelligence-accumulating equipment… It is a slick propaganda equipment powerful at disseminating its message and contacting in new recruits by using social media… “

In that book, on the really previous web site, 242, just one will examine a lone paragraph consisting of a one sentence, which quantifies our challenge to some degree, and in which the authors boldly and unequivocally predict, The military of terror will be with us indefinitely.

Early on the Saturday morning of November 14, the morning right after the Paris massacre, Christiane Amanpour, CBE, British-Iranian globetrotting global journalist of remarkable talent and professionalism, interviewed, on the eerie streets of Paris, a girl of obvious affluence and intelligence–formally educated and subtle. Christiane requested her various questions about how she was coping, her stage of worry, and a handful of other individuals. Then arrived the authentic problem, the query on numerous French citizens’ minds–that problem involved immigration of Muslims in numbers too significant for a nation to proficiently monitor, and the frequently identified reality that Muslims refused to assimilate into France’s society, accept Western mores and values, and normally make an attempt to fit in.

Talking softly, but deliberately, showing small emotion, undoubtedly not anger, the French woman built a handful of common responses, then finished the interview thusly when pressed on her ideas on Muslim immigration, since the attackers have been Muslims, stating, “Immigration of currently is the terrorism of tomorrow.”