by Marion Marks
After every tragic terror attack or shooting, in every country, even in the USA, we allow time to wash our memories and fade our initial focus to solve underlying problems. Perhaps the greatest human-instigated mass calamity on the European continent since World War II will force some unified effort of like-minded nations to confront the evil that has proven its ability to rain terror on friendly soil.
These terrorists have proven that at least one group of nations, not the French alone, were not prepared to meet the threat they posed on free and open society. In the digital age, with increased security technology, when professionals are not engaged to seek and confront such threats, we will always work from a reactionary posture, cleaning up AFTER savage destruction.
We have coddled too many terrorist aligned organizations, even after they have proven their willingness to disregard human rights and respect western cultural values that have given them freedoms that do not exist in their home countries. We need to call them out for the terrorists they have proven themselves to be, and no acceptable middle ground or quarter should be given. If they shout “Allahu Akhbar,” “God is great,” we should minimize their destructive potential and assist them with their journey toward death.
There is no “quick fix” to rooting out extremists wherever they exist, but with all possible speed, protecting citizen rights as best possible, we must isolate those who would bring terror to innocents anywhere and make our culture safer for peace-loving citizens. The oceans no longer provide a barrier, as the Syrian or ISIS terrorists proved in attacking the European mainland. America cannot expect to be spared, as we found in 9/11.
Short and long-term plans must be reasonable and inclusive for all peace-loving countries to address terrorism wherever it exists. We cannot take over foreign governments, as we found our Iraq policies have proven worthless. But we must support programs that assist others in combating terrorism and the roots of terrorism, wherever they exist.
France is but the latest, and the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy have all seen terror on their doorsteps. Well before 9/11 the world experienced forms of terrorism that were similar, and we worked through each phase. But now terrorists have learned new tools of modern weaponry and organization that make them more deadly. So we, too, must adapt.
We must accept that the world is really getting smaller and far more interdependent and interconnected. America must rally with other like-minded countries to fight the common foes seeking our destruction. Because, just like Ben Franklin said prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” We have passed this way before, and we may not get too many more opportunities to get it right before enemies of our culture obtain far more horrendous tools of destruction.