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Types of Terrorism

First and foremost, my heart and prayers goes out to the families of the 49 dead and the people and the families of those who were injured in Orlando. As I have talked in previous blogs, there are numerous types of Terrorism. In the wake of the Orlando Massacre I will try and touch base on a few of them. Let’s start with what the definition of terrorism is. defines Terrorism as; the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. says; Terrorism is not new and even though it has been used since the early times of recorded history, it can be relatively hard to define terrorism. Terrorism has been described variously as both a tactic and strategy; a crime and a holy duty; a justified reaction to oppression and an inexcusable abomination. Obviously, a lot depends on whose point of view is being represented. Terrorism has often been an effective tactic for the weaker side in a conflict. As an asymmetric form of conflict, it confers coercive power with many of the advantages of military force at a fraction of the cost. Due to the secretive nature and small size of terrorist organizations, they often offer opponents no clear organization to defend against or to deter.

With that out of the way let’s talk about what has been happening in the USA and abroad. I shall start off the most recent, what I call the Orlando Massacre. I believe as they dig into this, they will find it was a well-planned attack. They are already finding out he had reconned the Pulse several times. I for one do not believe he was gay as some are trying to say.

I believe his hatred for gays is the primary reason, not the only reason, because of his warped interpretation of his Islamic religion. I believe he was also drawn to action because of our lack of action. The FBI had him twice and let him go, because of our warped sense of “Political Correctness”. I believe that gave him the sense that he could do what he wanted to and no one would stop him. He had beaten the USA and the FBI, twice! With that sense of invincibility he moved forward. With his warped view of the writings of Islam and the power of ISIS, which we seem to be able to do nothing about, he set his plan in motion. He was a Martyr looking for a way to impact the infidels and further the cause. I believe he accomplished what he set out to do.

What do I believe he “Set out to do” is simple. Besides the 49 dead and 53 injured, He wanted to send the repeated message ISIS is sending, “we are coming to the USA and you can do nothing to stop us, fear us.” And we do. What has happened to this country? We use to have a backbone. Where has it gone? Where has the “Arrogant American” gone who use to kick ass and take names? There were more individual acts of courage shown in The Pulse on that horrific night then the entire Congress and the President has shown in years.

The impact of the Orlando Massacre will increase fear here in the USA, but our leaders will do nothing about it, NOTHING! The congress will condemn the Orlando Massacre and then half of them will blame the “Assault Weapons” for it while the other half will argue against it. It’s the same old song and dance, make a lot of noise and do nothing. The President did nothing about terrorism when he called it “Work Place Violence,” what he should of done is named our enemy and set an agenda to stop it. Too many people in our government and across the world are afraid we will upset the Islam Community if we call it Radical Islamic Terrorism.

I have news for you folks, if they get upset about that, then they are probably radicalized already. If fat white guys were doing this I wouldn’t be upset if you called them Radical Fat White Guy Terrorist, because that is what they would be. Would you rather hurt a terrorist’s feelings or have a son or daughter die from their hands?

As I said in my first blog, what would your grandfathers, who fought for your freedom, say about the way we are burying our collective heads in the sand and hoping it won’t happen to someone in our family? Do we have to wait until another 9/11 happens? For those of you who think we can negotiate with Radical Islamic Terrorist, I have a question. How do you negotiate with someone who hates you? Have you ever tried that in real life? Not much fun, is it?

Again repeating my first blog, fear is how a relative few can control the masses. If we look through the history books we see it happening again and again. Things we sometimes don’t see as terrorism actually are. How did Hitler control all the lands he held during World War Two? People feared the SS and the Gestapo. These thugs would come in and mutilate people at random, sometimes just to keep the public in line. The Japanese were no different. If that isn’t a couple of types of terrorism, what is?

Why do you think ISIS beheads people even of their own faith? Not only do they behead people, but they make sure the cameras are rolling. Why? Beheadings put fear in the ones who are close in proximity to the beheadings. The internet allows that to reach a whole new level. Now they can reach millions of people who they can make quake in fear.

Suicide bombers  and “Lone Wolf Terrorist” do relatively little collateral damage in the larger scheme of things. It is the emotional damage that people feel from far away that creates the terror that lasts and grows. Terrorist’s minor goal is to kill and maim, while their major goal is to control through fear.

Be strong America!

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Rick Page


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