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TERRORISM: We helped create Islamic extremism

I was entering the main gate at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Friday, and several security people were conducting a random search on one of the vehicles entering the base.

The unarmed lady who was the car’s driver was about 5 feet tall and a bit elderly. It took three security guys with M-16s to search her car to ensure she and the vehicle were not a threat to national security. A bit of an overkill, in my view.

The biggest threat to national security is not Islamic terrorism but our government and its policies. The reason we have Islamic terrorism is because we can’t stop meddling

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EXTREMISM: Fight requires overwhelming force

The restraint in speaking freely about the Islamic extremists will not win the war they wage against the Western world.

How have we won against the forces of tyranny throughout history? Neville Chamberlain’s European policy proved that capitulation is the wrong course. We always have won by a show of overwhelming force with a massive coalition of forces. That sends a big message. It is a united message of overwhelming determination.

It is imperative to show that the defective ideology that fuels the Islamic extremists’ effort is a false one. We must deliver a message to the cultural core of

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ISLAM: Rational Muslims must confront nihilism

The western Christian world again is fighting a religious war.

“My God is the only one, your God makes you an infidel open to beheading, torture, terror attack and whatever other brutality we can dream up sanctioned by our belief” goes the mantra of the Islamic State and other Muslim terror groups.

Where are the rational Muslim voices in this community and other places who condemn openly and counter this nihilistic twisting of their religion? By not speaking up and confronting this adulteration of their belief, they contribute to the image that all Muslims think as ISIS and their kin.


TERRORISM: Israel has long fought radical Islam

The civilized world is at war, and the enemy is radical Islamic terrorism. What happened in France last week is what Israel has experienced for decades from Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

It’s not a coincidence that the Charlie Hebdo attack was followed by a deadly shooting in a Jewish grocery store. As much as radical Islamic terrorist groups hate non-Muslims (and Muslims who don’t agree with them), they particularly hate Jews and Israel.

Hamas rejects a two-state solution and ultimately wants to destroy Israel. If it were possible, it would deal as brutally with Israelis as Islamic State does

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TERRORISM: Let’s understand who friends, enemies really are

Last summer the air raid sirens in Israel repeatedly rang out. More than 300 rockets were launched from Gaza into towns like Tel Aviv, Beersheba, Jerusalem and Haifa. More than 20 Israeli citizens were killed. Thousands of families were in constant scramble to bomb shelters. The Israeli citizens lived in terror.

The Israeli military began to systematically search for and destroy the rocket-launching equipment in the terrorist-controlled Gaza Strip. They also discovered 31 tunnels designed to send terrorists and equipment into Israel to kill more citizens.

As the Israelis began taking steps to defend themselves by destroying the launchers and tunnels, anti-Semitic

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IS: Where will airstrikes lead us?

When it comes to the Islamic State, maybe we can squeeze them back into Syria and continue passionately with our air assault on all the nefarious types assembled there.

But where is this leading us? It feels about as well thought out as taking potshots at a hornets’ nest with a BB gun!


JBLM: New system isn’t secure enough

Despite significant concern by the federal government regarding terrorist activity, there seems to be no concern at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

An automated system has been implemented allowing a vehicle’s driver to scan his or her identification card, open the gate and proceed onto the base. There is no concern about any of the passengers’ eligibility to access the base or the possibility that the driver’s identification card may have been stolen and is being misused to obtain entrance to the base.

Utilizing the previous “hands-on check” of each person’s eligibility to enter the base is the only way to avoid

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NSA: Agency tracking potential terror threats

The word “spying” should be replaced with “traffic analysis.” The National Security Agency is performing traffic analysis like before the Battle of Midway during World War II.

In 1941, the military wasn’t able to decipher the Japanese messages but could read the “To,” “From” and “Copy to” lines of messages. This information was married with location information derived by multiple direction findings from Alaska to the Panama Channel. A Navy officer put these pieces of information together into a picture of the Japanese fleet structure and the various task force movements about the Pacific.

The NSA is doing the same

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