Last Friday night Paris was rocked by multiple simultaneous terrorist attacks which killed more than 120 innocents and injured many more. Now, on Monday morning, my initial shock has been absorbed by the weekend but I continue to mourn for those affected.
Our bond with France is unique. The most significant of our many ties is our own War of Independence, which we could not have won without the direct aid of France. Since then we have had our differences with the French but our inseparable bond remains, as does their own fierce independence and love of liberty.
The response of the French government to the terrorist attacks has been swift and decisive and continues as I write. Let us all hope and pray that the results are as swift and decisive. The response of our own government has been to offer condolences and support to France. That’s good, but what about here, at home? What should our government’s response be, here at home?
We can be certain that law enforcement at every level will increase their anti-terror efforts. Some of those efforts we’ll know about and some we won’t. What else? What resources will our President commit to the fight against terror? Will he acknowledge that it’s actually a war on terror and get in the fight? Probably not.
Right or wrong, President Obama hasn’t wavered in his ideology and as much as I disagree with it, I respected that. After all, we elected him and reelected him with our eyes wide open. I always thought I’d genuinely enjoy spending an evening with him talking about our differences over a few beers. Now, I’m not so sure. I cannot reconcile his resolve to open our doors to Syrian refugees which he maintains in spite of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
All the foreign policy and security experts agree that hidden among the Syrian refugees are terrorists, many terrorists, and we have no way of knowing how many or who they are. I cannot reconcile this morally or constitutionally. To open our doors to an unknown population of terrorists is a breach of the President’s oath of office. It is either absurdly reckless or treasonous and I honestly don’t know which at this point.
The French gifted to our nation the Statue of Liberty after our Civil War. Today, there is a plaque on it inscribed with these famous words: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Unless our President changes course, we’ll need to add to it: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Oh, and your terrorists yearning to kill free too.”
Vive la France !