, Salem, MA


May 1, 2013

Anderson: The zenith of absurdity


And those who have no empathy, the terrorists who kill and maim innocent children? We need to define “human,” leaving them out. Somewhere, evolution failed them and would have flunked our entire species if they had passed on their evil indifference over the centuries as a dominant gene.

Being Jewish, Don has long had “standing” for outrage, with Islamic jihadists targeting him and the Jewish homeland Israel for destruction. Today, we realize all Americans have standing.

I remember almost with nostalgia when our greatest fear was nuclear war with the Russians. Now the Russians try to warn us that we have a terrorist in our midst.

Wait for it: The government agencies that failed to communicate with each other, again, will quickly respond that Putin can’t be trusted. Oh, spare me; just admit you screwed up. I know that Russia has been harsh in its resistance to Chechnya independence, but the Chechen rebels held hostages in a Moscow theater in 2002 and armed Islamic separatists took more than 700 Russian schoolchildren hostage in the North Caucuses in 2004; hundreds died.

There are other rebels fighting dictators, but in some cases wanting a new government that is fundamentalist Islamic; we can only hope both sides lose. It’s too bad about the good people who just want a decent country like ours, but we can’t fight everyone’s battles around the world. Our role as Americans is what was intended by our Founding Fathers, to create a nation that other nations can aspire to become, and which will welcome immigrants who want to assimilate into this kind of country. We are starting to lose our exceptionalism, and if we do, the entire world’s humanity is threatened.

So much that is going wrong here has been spotlighted by recent events. There’s the political correctness that assaults the First Amendment, discouraging negative comment about a religion that doesn’t allow freedom of religion in the countries it controls. How can Islamists who don’t believe in our Bill of Rights, or equal rights for women, become legal immigrants, then American citizens?

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