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Terrorism is the tragedy of our times

Nov 02, 2017 • by Mike Zielinski, Host of The Mike Zielinski Show
Mike Zielinski

Halloween truly was a horror show in New York City this year.

Authorities say that the 29-year-old man accused of mowing down pedestrians and cyclists on a Manhattan bike path, killing eight people and injuring 12 more, had plotted for weeks before carrying out the attack in the name of the Islamic State.

Once again terrorists whose perverted view equates God’s greatness with acts of bloodshed strip us bare, painfully vulnerable to the brutality of red-eyed trauma.

We have the freedom to move around as we please, oblivious to what’s going on around us. Terrorists exploit our assumption that nothing bad can happen to us, making us easy prey, soft victims for evildoers.

We frequently are distracted by our trivial pursuits, such as texting or talking on our smartphones. Which is a fatal flaw when we all need to be on sentry duty.

There is no way to protect every soft target in the world so tragically the sustained ferociousness, the hellacious carnage undoubtedly will continue.

Treading water in spilled blood is no way to live. Cowardly random acts of terror against innocents makes us so much chum in a sea of sharks.

The frustration is how do we stop this nightmare that haunts the back of our eyelids every night?

Last month the Syrian city of Raqqa, once ISIS’ capitol of terrorism, was liberated from ISIS fighters by U.S.-backed Syrian forces.

Nevertheless, the deadly beat of terrorism goes on, fueled by lone wolves who become radicalized domestically.

This is the most unconventional of all wars and the strategy for snuffing terrorism is as elusive as a total cure for cancer. Merit-based immigration would be helpful, but not all terrorists are immigrants.

Even when the perpetrators are apprehended, tried, convicted and punished harshly, it does not restore lost lives and lost limbs.

Justice does not serve up resurrection.

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