After the recent terrorist attacks in New York and New Jersey, that wounded dozens of Americans Texas Senator Ted Cruz has said it is time to stop playing political games and put the US refugee program to bed.
In a recent statement from Cruz given to the Free Beacon, he says that “We must avoid the trap of misconceiving these attacks as isolated incidents somehow disconnected from the larger ideological struggle against jihad. It is past time to take off the blinders and call the enemy what it is: radical Islamic terrorism engaged in a coordinated campaign designed to disrupt our very way of life.”
Currently, the media is playing word games with the public, attempting to paint the bombings as an isolated incident and completely dismissing the root cause of the aggression. Aggression seen one too many times from numerous shootings, to bombing attacks such as we saw over the weekend. After too many examples, the people and Cruz are tired of the dog and pony show. Twitter is currently awash with anger at the media for not calling the attacks what they are.
Furthermore, we have more than enough proof from other countries that bringing refugees in does little to help anyone, and in fact, creates a spike in crime, violence, and sexual assaults. With anti-Western sentiment so high, and terrorism on the rise, it’s only smart to shut down bringing more in.
You can read the whole of Cruz’s statement below.
Terrorist attacks over the last several days across our homeland, from Manhattan to Minnesota, indicate we are moving into a new phase of the war against ISIS and al Qaida, who are increasingly targeting Europe and the United States. Two years ago, a focused, aggressive military campaign against ISIS’s claimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq might have effectively destroyed the terrorist group, but ISIS has instead spent the last year seeding radicals in the West, disguising jihadis as refugees and radicalizing Muslim citizens online and encouraging them to remain in the U.S. and fight here. Meanwhile, other networks such as al Qaida and the Taliban remain determined to resume the attacks on America that began on September 11, 2001.
As we confront this new phase, we must avoid the trap of misconceiving these attacks as isolated incidents somehow disconnected from the larger ideological struggle against jihad. It is past time to take off the blinders and call the enemy what it is: radical Islamic terrorism engaged in a coordinated campaign designed to disrupt our very way of life.
We must start by fully supporting our law enforcement community, from the heroic off-duty officer Jason Falconer, who neutralized the terrorist in the St. Cloud mall, saving many lives, to the FBI officers in New York who have worked swiftly to identify and apprehend the likely mastermind of the weekend bombings. We also desperately need the active participation of American Muslims who see the jihadis for what they are: the enemies of all who celebrate freedom and tolerance. Congress should act to prevent Americans who have travelled abroad for training from returning here, and to stop the flow of refugees from hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East that President Obama is determined to bring to our country. We can’t overcome our enemies by pretending they don’t exist, and undermining our first line of defenders. Only together, clear-eyed and determined, can we defeat this foe.
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