- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

ANALYSIS

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” a statement from the Republican presidential front-runner read in December.

It wasn’t very politically correct. Matter of fact, Trump was vilified for it by politicians, the press, and the academic class alike.

“This is reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive,” Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter in reaction to Trump’s ban. “@RealDonaldTrump, you don’t get it. This makes us less safe.”

But it made us feel safe.



On Tuesday, the most politically correct nation in Europe, Belgium — the home of NATO and the European Union — was attacked by Radical Islam. It’s a country that prides itself on open borders, where EU leaders this month unveiled plans to end Britain’s control over asylum seekers, calling for a centralized EU asylum force with the power to intervene in the immigration policies of member states.

It was in response to the migrant crisis, where hundreds of thousands of refugees from war torn countries like Iraq and Syria, are crippling the social welfare programs and law and order in European countries. Proper vetting of these refugees is impossible, and localized ghettos in Brussels, France and Turkey are springing up daily. Many in the ghettos refuse to assimilate to their host country by learning the language or by participating in its workforce, leading to isolation and radicalization.

Any European currently fearing porous borders and their respective safety are not paranoid — they’re clear-eyed. And we, in the U.S., should be too.

Radical Islam is an ideological chip — it doesn’t care if your nation is generous, politically correct, has open borders or is closed. It doesn’t care if your nation supports Democracy, is into nation-building, or is isolationist. All it wants to do is eliminate “corrupting” non-Islamic influences from the world — basically anyone who is not a part of Radical Islam.

So here is where Trump is right: in order to combat this, why not take the most stringent border control and security measures available to us?

Trump has proposed reinstating waterboarding as a deterrent to terrorists. Ok. He’s also been vague on his Muslim ban, offering to The Washington Post editorial board Monday there would be “many exceptions” and instating it would be a “process” as to not violate any existing laws. OK.

Trump’s not stoking fears — he’s addressing legitimate concerns with tough talk that gives comfort to many in this uncertain world.

The Democrats have failed to do so.

In a recent presidential debate, Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley were upping the number of Syrian refugees they would accept into the U.S. like it was an auction. Clinton has refused to call Radical Islam out for what it is, because it sounds “too hostile.” And President Barack Obama initially addressed the San Bernardino massacre as a “mass shooting,” pleading for gun control instead of a call to arms against Muslim terrorists.

None of it made any of us feel any safer, but it did make us question whether or not they even understood the threat was real.

On Tuesday, the threat, again became real.

“I would say to the American people that we are going to be very strong, we are going to be very valiant, and we are going to be very tough,” Trump said in an interview reacting to the Brussels terror event on NBC News. “And we’re not going to allow this to happen to our country. And if it does happen, we’re going to find the people that did it, and they are going to suffer greatly.”

Tough talk? Yes. Realistic? Who knows.

But it does make some of us feel better. And that’s something the liberal, elite press and career politicians fail to understand or would rather not like to admit. They would like Trump to go away, not understanding he’s a phenomenon who gives voice to many in the American populous. It’s a section of the populous they’d like to ignore — or pretend doesn’t exist.

Much like radical Islam.

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