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Blatchford: We've been under attack from Islamic extremists for years

Gunshots and Muslims and bombs, oh my! This phrase came to mind when listening to President Barack Obama's reaction to the recent terrorist attacks. He ridiculed conservatives for being needlessly afraid of "orphans and widows." He says Republicans are a bunch of sissies. Obama seems to be in the dark about "orphans and widows." They're capable of maiming and killing others, too, and more are trained every day to do that.

It wasn't so long ago that Obama referred to the Islamic State group as the "junior varsity." After the Paris attacks and the more-recent situation at the Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali, I pray that Obama is correct. God help us if they bring on the varsity first-stringers.


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joins Obama in criticizing those who would like closer screening of immigrants. They both have said "we are better than that" when addressing the precautions that prudent people support. What would be "better" would be to control immigration and our borders "better."

Clinton has recently reassured her listeners with the words, "Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people, and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism." In disbelief, I went to the Internet and searched. Her quote is everywhere. I'm compelled to ask: What color is the sky in her world?


That, of course, poses another question. Who (or what) are those people who engaged in the maiming and killing in Paris? Who (or what) are those people who took hostages and killed at the Bamako Radisson? I can tell you they were neither Swedes nor Episcopalians.

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I picture a confrontation between Clinton and some radical terrorist. The terrorist is shouting "Allahu Akbar" and declaring to be a follower of Islam, with Clinton getting in his face shouting, "No! You are not!" Terrorists are maiming and killing in the name of Islam, and American leftists are telling them they are not real Muslims. Really, folks, you just can't make this stuff up.

Some on the left are criticizing Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for referring to radical terrorists as rabid dogs. They would have us believe that Carson referred to all Syrian refugees as rabid dogs. Clearly, those people were either not paying attention or intentionally creating a lie so they could then attack that lie. Carson was making an analogy. His exact words were: "If there's a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you're probably not gonna assume something good about that dog and you're probably going to put your children out of the way. It doesn't mean that you hate all dogs by any stretch of the imagination." Clearly, Carson was referring only to radical terrorists — not Syrians in general, as some have implied.

There are endless examples of misinformation being spewed by those on the left. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, recently said, "… since the beginning of the Bush administration when we were attacked, Sept. 11, we've not had any major terrorist attacks in this country."

Really? It appears Brown has a different definition of the word "major" than most. I submit two events since 9/11 for consideration — there are more. In 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan — an avowed Muslim — shot up a building at Fort Hood, Texas. While reportedly shouting "Allahu Akbar," Hasan killed 13 and injured 30. In 2013, we had the Boston Marathon bombing. Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev — brothers who were Chechen Muslims — dropped off a couple of pressure cookers among the marathon observers. Both devices exploded. Only three were killed, but a massive 264 were injured and maimed. And this Ohio Democrat claims there haven't been "major terrorist attacks." To use a phrase sometimes employed by our president, "shame on him."

I fully understand that misinformation abounds on all sides. Lately, however, the left seems to be most egregious.

My message is that it's time to wake up. You need to listen critically. We are and have been under attack for years. If you will not stand up and take action, at least recognize the facts that are in front of you before it's too late. Those who wish to kill care not which side of center you claim to be. Simply being American makes you a target.

Rick Blatchford writes from Mount Airy. Email him at