A refusal to be terrorized is not a good attitude toward being terrorized, it is a refusal to continue accepting terrorism as the normal state of affairs.
"Americans refuse to be terrorized,” Mr. Obama said. “Ultimately, that’s what we’ll remember from this week.”
Words like that sound good, but they mean nothing. Terror isn't just an emotion, it's an action. If you are being attacked by terrorists, then refusing to be afraid is not the same thing as refusing to be terrorized.
Refusing to be terrorized means taking action to end terrorism. We have had too many governments that pander to regimes that sponsor terrorism, that invite in terrorists as immigrants and refugees, that turn a blind eye to their incitement to violence, and then after the bodies are scraped up and the wounded are patched up, come out and deliver a speech declaring that we refuse to be terrorized.
Speeches like that are a lie.
If the United States had refused to be terrorized, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would not have been allowed into this country or would have been kicked once it was clear that their interests were headed in a Jihadist trajectory.
If we refused to be terrorized, then we wouldn't tolerate terrorist mosques and clerics, like the one that the terrorists attended. If we refused to be terrorized, then we would stop apologizing for profiling and screening terrorists.
It's all very well to have a good attitude in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. But a true refusal to be terrorized is a refusal to accept the conditions on which terrorism is based.
Obama talks about refusing to be terrorized and yet his entire foreign policy depends on appeasing Muslim terrorists. He has tried to negotiate with the Taliban. He is trying to appease Iran. He has thrown open the door to Hamas. He has helped the Muslim Brotherhood come to power. He is mulling over acting as the air force for Muslim terrorists in Syria.
Is that supposed to be a refusal to be terrorized?
A refusal to be terrorized is not a good attitude toward being terrorized, it is a refusal to continue accepting terrorism as the normal state of affairs. It is a refusal to prioritize the feelings of terrorists over the welfare of Americans.
A government that refuses to be terrorized is one that will stop pandering to Muslims and stop bringing in more Tsarnaevs and Attas and Awlakis and Hasans into this country and start removing them once they are here, even if they were born here.
A refusal to be terrorized is a refusal to accept terrorism before it happens. It is not a refusal to dwell on terrorism once it has happened.
There's a good place to start right here.
Rep. Peter King is calling for greater law enforcement focus on Muslim communities, arguing that authorities should put aside what is “politically correct” and recognize that America faces major threats from Islamic terrorism.
“Obviously the main international base, the terrorist threats are coming from the Muslim community,” King (R-N.Y.)said. "There have been 16 terror plots against New York [since Sept. 11, 2001], all Islamist-based. We’re at war with Islamic terrorism. It’s coming from people within the Muslim community by the terrorists coming from that community, just like the mafia comes from Italian communities.”