I usually look forward to the December holidays because, for at least one month, people in the United States tend to he hopeful, helpful, optimistic and happy. They look backward at the year that was and take stock, and they look forward with anticipation at what the new year will bring.
This year, things are most certainly different. The terrorist attacks here at home and in France, Afghanistan, Iraq and other places have sapped some of the love and light from the season. We are a scared nation with no clear path forward. Want to brutally bomb Syria? An option. Want to send ground troops to Syria and Iraq? Another option. Want to create a coalition of American, European and Middle Eastern countries to fight ISIS and other terrorist groups? A third option. But none of these seem like THE option and they all involve terrible risks both overseas and at home.
President Obama has been steadfast in his insistence that we will not send masses of American troops to Syria or Iraq and I think that’s exactly the correct strategy for now. He has rightly been criticized for downplaying the ISIS threat and for not standing behind his threat to attack Syria if Assad used Chemical weapons, but most Americans do not want to see our men and women coming home in body bags. The old joke is that we shouldn’t elect anyone who actually wants to be president because it’s a terrible, impossible job. These are the times.
The focus on attacks from radical terrorists has overshadowed the home-grown terror that has also shaken the nation. The killings at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was quickly forgotten in the wake of San Bernardino, but both were shocking events by people who were motivated by hatred, a misplaced fanaticism, and unbending ideology. In both shootings, the perpetrators should never have been allowed to get their guns, but because we are rapidly making the Second Amendment more important than the First, more people will get guns and use them on innocent people.
The other event that is dampening the holiday spirit is the presidential election. The Republican candidates are falling over themselves to blame Muslims and immigrants for our problems and have created an atmosphere where attacks on American Muslims are rising, and overreactions to a school assignment in Virginia that led to the entire school system being shut down because a teacher asked her students to copy a passage from the Koran using calligraphy. Dangerous, inflammatory rhetoric has its consequences and we are now living those consequences.
The left also has its problems when it comes to these issues. Calls for safe spaces and trigger warnings on college campuses only serve to segregate students and ideas, making common cause that much more difficult. If a person doesn’t feel safe in the general population, that’s a problem that needs to be addressed head-on. The answer is not to provide areas where people can retreat to or have their ideological bubble re-inflated.
The unfortunate aspect of this particular racist, phobic spasm we’re living in now is that it’s a very American trait. In fact, it’s more a part of our history than acceptance of different people and ideas. We eventually do make room in our society for those we first shun and isolate, but it takes too long and we backslide far too often. One need only look at how African-Americans and Latinos are treated by police forces to understand just how much more work we need to do on justice, even as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
We will eventually move forward as a country and I’m looking forward to a shift in tone from politicians and a shift in attitude from many of my fellow Americans. In the meantime, I wish you peace and joy, humility and introspection, thoughtfulness and forthrightness, love and honor. And let’s turn the ugliness around. Now.
The want nothing to do with the remains of Tashfeen Malik, the terrorist wife of Syed Rizwan Farook. And her bullet-riddled body lays unclaimed at a morgue in San Bernardino as the Muslim community wants nothing to do with her.
“No one wants to claim her and no one wants to do the funeral,” a well-placed source within the Muslim community told FoxNews.com. “They are all waiting for someone else to be the one to take care of this part of it.”
Local political and religious leaders have been trying to get someone to agree to perform a burial for Malik in adherence with Islamic tradition, but so far no one wants to take on the controversial duties. Malik did not worship at local mosques and was not known in the Muslim community before she and her husband launched the massacre at Inland Regional Center, where his co-workers were holding a holiday party Dec. 2. The pair, who had a 6-month-old daughter, was killed hours later in a shootout with police.
This is Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani woman who traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet the man who will later become her husband and partner in crime, Syed Rizwan Farook. Farook, born in America but also of Pakistani descent, brought Malik to the United States on a K1 visa and married her. Days ago, the husband and wife suited up and went to a facility in San Bernardino that specialized in catering to the disabled and murdered 14 people at a Christmas party. Another 21 people were injured.
Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook were both shot and killed hours later by police. The FBI has since classified the massacre in San Bernardino as a terrorist attack, claiming that evidence suggests one or maybe both shooters were “radicalized” by external forces.
The investigation continues.
The husband and wife who gunned down 14 people and injured another 21 Wednesday in San Bernardino California, took their last breath in a black SUV, as they engaged police officers on the street. One neighbor captured the audio of the shooting on his camera.
On Thursday, the coroner released the names of the 14 victims in the San Bernardino massacre.
The victims, who ranged in age from 26 to 60, are:
- Shannon Johnson, 45, Los Angeles
- Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, Rialto
- Aurora Godoy, 26, San Jacinto
- Isaac Amanios, 60, Fontana
- Larry Kaufman, 42, Rialto
- Harry Bowman, 46, Upland
- Yvette Velasco, 27, Fontana
- Sierra Clayborn, 27, Moreno Valley
- Robert Adams, 40, Yucaipa
- Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, Colton
- Tin Nguyen, 31, Santa Ana
- Juan Espinoza, 50, Highland
- Damian Meins, 58, Riverside
- Michael Wetzel, 37, Lake Arrowhead
Donald Trump loves himself, and he will pat himself on the back and take praise in any situation every chance he gets. So when domestic terrorists in San Bernandino slaughtered 14 people at a Christmas party yesterday, Trump found a way to use the attacks to praise… donald trump.
An obvious twitter fan of the donald tweeted out that because of the shooting, Trump’s poll numbers will “jump”.
Trump quickly and I assume, happily, retweeted.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2015