June 18, 2024

Yesterday was an overall bad day for Israel and for those who love freedom everywhere around the world. This, of course, includes those of us in the United States of America.

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There are many reasons why people feel desperate enough to attack innocent civilians, but when it’s done on this scale, at the core, I believe it is about differences in belief systems. Not everyone in the world believes as we do in the model of the Judeo-Christian tradition, which specifies the value of a single individual and their freedom to achieve whatever their God-given ability gives them the tools to do.

A while after the shock of what happened yesterday morning had sunk in, I started to think about the consequences of these actions, and my thoughts naturally turned inward to this country, and I wondered how long before something like this would happen here. 

My colleague Ward Clark had some similar thoughts in his post called: Israel, Hamas, and Our Uncontrolled Border: Could It Happen Here?

From his post.

Could it happen here?

My immediate answer is “no,” in that Hamas could not field a force to carry out operations in the United States on the scale they are conducting in Israel and surrounding regions Saturday. While they could easily infiltrate a large number of people across our wide-open southern border – more on that later – they cannot bring in the massive supplies of rockets and other heavy, crew-served weapons that they can easily bring to bear by transporting them on land routes from their primary supporter, Iran.

But my more considered answer is “No, not on the scale they are conducting in Israel — but there’s still a danger.

The fact that Hamas isn’t occupying land neighboring the U.S., as it does Israel, doesn’t mean there’s not a possible threat. Since President Biden took office, not quite three years ago, a horrifying 3.8 million illegal aliens have crossed into the United States across our porous southern border, and we have very little idea who many of them are, where they are from, or where they have gone once entering the country. If 1 percent of that number were to be unfriendly actors from, say, Syria or Iran, that is 38,000 potential terrorists in the US at the moment. And the fact is, we just don’t know who a lot of these people are. While it’s safe to say most are from Central and South America, there have been many also entering from China – and possibly other places

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I’m not only certain it could happen here again, I just wonder when it will.

We are now just past the 22nd anniversary of 9-11 here in this country, and we have lost a bit of our fervor of being alert and demanding our government do the right thing for us. I wrote about this trend a couple of years ago, right here: Today We Say Never Forget But Let’s Be Brutally Honest, We Are Forgetting.

From that article:

Today the United States of America once again pauses to take a moment to remember the events that reshaped the world on September-11-2001. Hard to believe that it has been 18 years since the purely evil events of that day unfolded. Yet here we are at another anniversary as time marches on.

Most of us will take to Facebook and recount “where we were” when the planes struck and what an awful, tragic day that was. We will accompany those posts with memes that say “Never Forget” and then move on to September 12th and live our lives until next year. Which is of course what those who sacrificed their lives and those who were murdered would have wanted for us.

Let me very blunt here though.

We are forgetting and it is showing.

I went on to explain how we spend more time now talking about where we were when he heard what happened than we do wondering what the government has actually done with all the powers they have accumulated since that day.

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Here is another example I laid out in that article.

Did you remember that five of the 9/11 hijackers — Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Hani Hanjour, Nawaf al-Hazmi, and Satam al-Suqami — carried out their killer plot after overstaying their visas, evading detection, and avoiding deportation?

Did you remember the other radical Muslim members of the Terrorist Visa Overstayers Club? They include 1997 New York subway bomber Lafi Khalil; 1993 World Trade Center bombers Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammed Salameh, and Eyad Ismoil; 1993 New York landmark bombing plot conspirator Fadil Abdelgani; convicted Times Square bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad; and U.S. Capitol bomb plotter Amine El Khalifi, whose visa expired in 1999 and who escaped Homeland Security’s notice for 12 years before he was arrested in 2012 — just blocks from the Capitol building donning what he thought was a suicide-bomb vest.

We have had pretty much a wide-open border since January 20, 2021, when Joe Biden took the oath of office to be President of the United States. The administration stopped building the Trump border wall and did everything but send flyers down to Central America and the rest of the world so that they could skip across the Rio Grande and gain entry without authorities checking they are. Of course, this policy was just reversed within the past week, but it’s really a case of too little too late.

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So if I have my math correct from Ward’s count above, he quotes about 3.8 million people who have illegally crossed since Scranton Joe took the helm. So let’s do an odd thing and LOWER that number to 3 million people. Now we take those 3 million folks and estimate that approximately one-quarter of one percent have some evil intent; that gives us 7,500 such people in this country illegally. Now they could be just bank robbers or common thieves, possibly some murders or other dastardly things. 

If you increase the percentage, you increase the total number, and does that make you feel safe?

What are the chances it is more?

As my colleague Bob Hoge wrote here Saturday: ‘Historic Failure’ for Israeli—and U.S.—Intelligence: How Did They Not See This Coming? 

And what of the American intelligence apparatus? Why were they not aware of the impending threat? Some theorize that President Joe Biden’s resentment toward Israel might mean that we wouldn’t even share intelligence information with hard-liner Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but there are also reports that we completely missed it:

American officials said Saturday they received no warning through intelligence that Hamas was preparing to attack Israel, leading to confusion among some at how Israel failed to detect signs of the rocket assault.

The capability of Hamas to coordinate terrorist attacks on Israeli towns without detection has raised concerns about technological blind spots for US intelligence officials, a senior US intelligence official told CNN.

US officials had been monitoring indications that tensions were escalating in recent months. But there was no tactical-level intelligence that alerted US officials that an attack of this size would happen on this day.

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How lucky do we feel with all those undocumented people flowing into this country? 

Keeping track of someone is hard enough to do when you know who they are, but now we don’t know their identities or where they are, and that is a problem that is too scary to truly worry about.

The members of the terrorist organization Hamas, which committed these atrocities yesterday in Israel, share something in common with others who use violence to force their beliefs on others. They despise the fact that you live in a way that does not conform to how they see the world. This, of course, may be caused by religious beliefs, economic conditions, or any number of other factors. 

However, the underlying motivation is always: give us what you have, or we will take it by force, and we’ll kill you in the process. 

The only description for that is evil. 

The United States has many enemies around the world, and they are not linked by any religious ideology. Their common thread is that the United States has been the greatest engine to promote freedom of thought, and because of that, the country has been blessed economically, producing prosperity never dreamed of. Their goal is not just to take us down a notch or two but to eliminate us.

So as I sit here this Sunday morning and take a look at the world from my small perch, I don’t wonder if people with evil intent have crossed the border—I know for sure that they have. My guess is with the sheer volume of those that have crossed our intelligence services might have heard that someone dangerous was coming, but they probably have no idea when or where they will act. Yesterday’s events show that even the best intelligence services have blind spots.

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This is a problem created by the politicians pandering for votes and willing to do it on the backs of those citizens they already represent. This is clearly a recipe for disaster, and Saturday’s attacks showed that there are a number of people in the world willing to help in the mayhem.

For the past number of years, we have waved everyone in.

We’re next on their target list, and I hope we are ready.

I will be talking about this tomorrow morning LIVE at 10 am EDT right HERE, and you can join the conversation by clicking Duke Over America

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