• COMMENTARY – The Tragedy In Orlando


    The Tragedy in Orlando

    There should be no question in the mind of any rational person that the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was an abomination.  It was an example of humankind at its worst, a spectacle of the most cowardly, craven, hate-filled violence.  Whether you are gay or straight; black, white, yellow or brown; liberal or conservative—at moments like these I can only hope we remember that, first and foremost, we are Americans.

    It does not matter whether ISIS was actually behind this crime or whether they are simply claiming involvement after this bastard slaughtered and maimed so many innocent people—no, I will not repeat his name, and I cannot fathom why the mainstream media insists on showing photos of these lunatics, repeating their names, and turning them into celebrities that only encourage more of the same.  Whether this butcher acted entirely on his own, or with the support from the twisted men of jihad, the point remains the same.  He was an Islamic extremist who, like his fanatical brethren, seized on a religion filled with hate and used it as an excuse to reign terror and destruction on people who are better than he, more ethical than he, more human than he.

    So where are the solutions?  This murderer had twice been interviewed by the FBI and released.  He bought his weapons legally.  He walked among us, as if he deserved to be part of a country as free and loving as America, when he actually pursued a faith that degrades women and preaches intolerance of anyone who will not follow the word of Allah.  Is it really that difficult for us to see these people coming?  Are we so politically correct that targeting radical Muslims is considered racial profiling, and even racism.

    President Obama is on track to become the first president in the history of our country to be at war for his entire two terms—eight full years!—and lest we forget, he took office blaming President Bush for our problems and promising he would pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Has that happened?  Has he won any of these wars?  Have these terrorist organizations been weakened?  The response to each of those questions is a resounding “No!”

    Now he should be forced to answer another question, after the recent tragedies in Paris, Brussels, Turkey and Israel, and especially Orlando—are we safer here at home than when he took office?   The answer sadly speaks for itself, and until we have a strong President who will acknowledge the realities of what we face from the practitioners of Islamic extremism, things will only get worse.

    Jeffrey Stephens

    Jeffrey S. Stephens, is author of Rogue Mission: A Jordan Sandor Thriller. Jeffrey Stephens was born in New York City and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science at the age of 16; he completed a B.A. in Creative Writing from Pennsylvania State University at 19. Jeffrey began his first novel in 1970, which would not be completed for several years as he entered the Fordham University School of Law. His private legal practice has included extensive civil and criminal courtroom experience, and he has represented a wide range of celebrity clients. Continuing to practice law while completing several novels, he only recently decided to pursue his career as a novelist in earnest, with the encouragement of his wife, Nancy.

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