- - Sunday, August 28, 2016

Terror has struck close to home with an attempted beheading and stabbing of a couple in Roanoke, Virginia, on Aug. 20 (“FBI probing stabbing in Virginia where suspect shouted ‘Allahu akbar,’” Web, Aug. 23). Although the FBI is aware of the perpetrator’s recent attempt to join the Islamic State in Syria and his proclamation of “Allahu Akbar” as he committed his savage attack, they apparently cannot determine a motive for his actions.

Time and time again we witness the Obama administration being more concerned with a negative reaction in the Muslim community at large than the victims of such attacks. Shortly after the Orlando massacre U.S Attorney General Loretta Lynch went so far as to state that she would prosecute any who used anti-Muslim speech. That may have been appropriate for a country ruled by shariah law but the U.S. Constitution spoke loudly, forcing Ms. Lynch to retract her statement.

Over the past seven-and-a-half years the Obama administration has also opted to import nearly one million Muslims, making them by far the largest ethnic group of new U.S. citizens. This, in the midst of a staggering 600-percent rise in terror attacks globally, should spark serious concern. Pakistan tops the administration’s list of countries with individuals relocating to the United States, extensive Pew research shows 9 percent (16 million) of that country’s population actually supports the ideology of the Islamic State.

There continues to be very alarming news from our southern border as well. Between the months of October 2015 and May 2016 the Sheriff’s Department of Pinal County, Arizona stopped 6,400 individuals of Middle Eastern descent. All were questioned and then released into the general public on the order of the Department of Homeland Security. Sheriff Paul Babeu has stated that this is likely only a small portion of those who have crossed into the United States unhindered just in his county during the same period.

Due to the current state of affairs and hard, factual data one has to ask, what is going on?



MICHAEL BARRY-REC

Lexington, Va.

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