Nov. 16th, 2015 08:55 pm
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The attacks in Paris are horrible but we must stand firm and not let the terrorists win.

When we change the way we conduct our daily lives, the terrorists win
When society gives in to fear, the terrorists win.
When we, as a society and as individuals, turn our backs on people in need, the terrorists win.
When society tries to justify its prejudice and bigotry against a specific group, be it religious or ethnic, as necessary because of a radical minority, the terrorists win.
When we refuse to stand up for what is right because of our fear, the terrorist win.
When we, as individuals, stand silent in the face of vocal bigotry by individuals and our government, the terrorists win.
When the world obsesses about an attack in Paris while ignoring the terrorist attacks in Beirut, Baghdad and Syria because no Westerns died, the terrorists win.

Today the US President said “When we send troops in, those troops get injured. They get killed. Every few months I go to Walter Reed and I see a 25-year-old kid who is paralyzed or who has lost his limbs. And, some of those people I have ordered into battle." and then uses that as a justification to not send American ground troops against what is arguably the greatest enemy the world has faced since World War II, it means the terrorists have won.
When the governors of 9 states close the door to refugees because of fear, they are bowing their heads in submission to terror and the terrorist win.

None of these politicians, in fact no American, can claim the US as the strongest nation in the world, as a world leader, when our government quivers in fear over what a few radical fanatics might do.

The war against terrorism can never be won solely with bombs and bullets on the other side of the world because as long as people and governments give in to their fears and act on their prejudices new terrorists are created everyday.

The fight against radical Muslim terrorists can only be won by focusing military action on the small minority of fanatics where they live while refusing to give in to fear and bigotry, by being openly and publicly tolerant, no welcoming and supportive, of the vast majority of Muslims in the world who are just as appalled at the actions of these fanatics and who, in reality, suffer more because of those actions than anyone else.
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