“For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My Name will be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My Name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My Name will be great among the Gentiles,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Malachi 1: 11)
Armed Citizens are the Best Defense Against Terrorism
In an article titled “Armed Citizens May Be the Solution to Terrorism, Says Interpol Secretary General”, J.D. Tuccille said,
What do you do when terrorists turn from attacking well-protected government buildings and transportation centers in favor of anyplace that people may congregate? Specifically, how do you address bloody scenarios like the assault on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya by the Islamist group al-Shabaab, which killed at least 61 civilians? Well, the Secretary General of Interpol, the international police-coordination organization, says you either start providing “extraordinary security” perimeters around anything that might be a target, or else let people carry the means to defend themselves. Surprisingly, he seems to lean toward empowering individuals to take responsibility for their own defense.
In an interview with ABC News, Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said:
“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”
“Enclaves” translates as “any place people gather,” which could be a mall, a theater, a supermarket, a town square… That’s an awful lot of secure perimeters to set up. No doubt, plenty of police unions and politically well-connected private security companies would love to see that effort made, but are you really going to throw a cordon up every time a few people gather to chat about the weather or have a barbecue? Unusually for a government official (he was the Undersecretary for Enforcement of the United States Department of the Treasury, in charge of the Secret Service as well as the ATF), Noble obviously sees that as a bit of a daunting challenge. He adds:
“Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?” Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. “What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”
“For me it’s a profound question,” he continued. “People are quick to say ‘gun control, people shouldn’t be armed,’ etc., etc. I think they have to ask themselves: ‘Where would you have wanted to be? In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?'”
Noble is using common sense. Kudos to him for saying what has to be said.
I love this phrase: “When seconds count, police are only minutes away.”
That’s the truth, and it’s not a criticism of law enforcement. They can’t be everyplace at the same time. They have to respond to crises when the need arises. That takes time.
What kind of logic leads politicians to attack law-abiding gun owners when a criminal, insane person, or terrorist attacks innocent people? That makes no sense, but it happens every time.
It wouldn’t happen if politicians didn’t win support when they regurgitate that nonsense. Regrettably, a large number of people in the world aren’t thinking. They are reacting emotionally.
I am a gun owner. I don’t just own guns: I know how to use them. I have never fired a gun at anyone. I have never even pointed a gun at anyone, loaded or unloaded.
Would I use my weapons to protect myself and my family? In a heartbeat.
Using my weapons in self-defense is not something that I want to do. I hope that I never have to do it, but if I have to, I will.
My sister-in-law lives in Massachusetts. Where gun ownership is concerned, Massachusetts is a backward state. I’ve been there many times, and I’ve talked with people about guns.
By and large, Bay State residents look down their noses at people who own guns. They enjoy making patronizing jokes about gun owners.
It makes no sense. It’s no surprise that Massachusetts is a go-to place for wannabe terrorists and that Boston played a crucial role in the 9/11 attacks.
Just look at the facts. The joke’s on them, but it’s not funny.
After the Boston Marathon massacre, someone thought up a slogan: B Strong. It appeared everywhere and attracted a lot of attention. I would have preferred a better and more appropriate slogan: Don’t B Stupid.
I took my sister-in-law to the shooting range with me a few months ago while she was visiting. I wanted to let her fire a pistol for the first time.
She’s afraid of guns. My wife used to be afraid of guns, too, but not anymore. I’ve taught her how to shoot and what to do in a defensive situation.
There are a few basic rules of gun use in self-defense. Your number one priority is to eliminate the threat quickly. In common language, that means you want to kill the perpetrator in a hurry.
Fire three shots quickly at the center of the attacker’s chest. Three center mass hits in rapid succession will eliminate the threat almost 100% of the time, and it doesn’t matter what weapon you use. A .44 magnum is no more effective under those conditions than a 9 mm.
When I explained that to my sister-in-law, she said, “Why wouldn’t you shoot him in the arm?”
I couldn’t help laughing. I said, “How good a shot are you?”
The smaller the target, the less likely you are to hit it. That’s true no matter how good a shot you are.
Center mass is a big target, and it’s relatively stable. Arms, hands, knees, heads, etc., are small targets, and they move around more than the chest.
Most important of all, though, the center of the chest is where major organs are. Three center mass hits, even if they are off center, will destroy vital organs, cause rapid internal bleeding, and take out an attacker in seconds.
I’m not picking on my sister-in-law. I’m pointing out that people who are afraid of guns, have never used guns, and buy into the notion that we live in a safe world where the police can take care of the dirty work of self-defense are utterly clueless.
Where guns are concerned, my sister-in-law is clueless. She’s not alone.
She would rather not think about what would happen if she were attacked by someone who wanted to kill her, so she doesn’t. I don’t like it, either, but I do it because I have to.
I don’t like a colonoscopy, but I get one every 10 years anyway. It’s a precautionary measure. So are guns.
We don’t live in a safe world. The world is getting more dangerous every day. Most people know that, but what should we do about it?
I like the way Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble explained it: “Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?…What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”
Armed citizens are the best defense against terrorism. That’s the truth in a nutshell.
Our nation is stronger than Europe because many if not most of our citizens are armed. Our 2nd Amendment was included in the Constitution for times like these.
Now ask yourself these questions:
- What political party has built a large following by demanding that we restrict our 2nd Amendment rights?
- What political party is loaded with people who believe that gun ownership period should be illegal?
- What political party mounts a campaign against our 2nd Amendment rights every time a criminal, insane person, or terrorist kills innocent people?
That party should not be in power at any level of government: federal, state, or local. That political party is dangerous, and its supporters are useful idiots.
Vladimir Lenin coined the phrase “useful idiots”. He used it to describe naïve communist sympathizers in the West.
It applies where guns are concerned, too. Obama and Democrats are looking for useful idiots. There are plenty of them. I hope they don’t represent the majority in 2016.
The website is loaded with factual information that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Yahweh is our Savior and that the Messiah is Yahweh.
I hope you will take a few minutes and explore the website. I also hope you will share it with your friends and family.
It’s time for believers to tell the world about our God by His Name—Yahweh.
Anthony Faiola, Missy Ryan and Daniela Deane—Suspected architect Abdelhamid Abaaoud of the Paris attacks is dead, according to two senior intelligence officials:
A massive police raid Wednesdays killed the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks during a blitz-style sweep, two senior European intelligence officials said, after investigators followed leads that the fugitive militant was holed up north of the French capital and could be plotting another wave of violence.
More than 100 police and soldiers stormed the building during a seven-hour siege that left two dead including the suspected overseer of the Paris bloodshed, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who had once boasted he could slip easily between Europe and the Islamic State strongholds in Syria.
The confirmation was made after forsenic experts combed through the aftermath — blown-out windows, floors collapsed by explosions — presumably seeking DNA and other evidence. The intelligence officials spoke on condition of anonymity before announcements from authorities.
Islamic State’s official magazine carried a photo on Wednesday of a Schweppes drink it said was used to make an improvised bomb that brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.
The photo showed a can of Schweppes Gold soft drink and what appeared to be a detonator and switch on a blue background, three simple components that if genuine are likely to cause concern for airline safety officials worldwide.
“The divided Crusaders of the East and West thought themselves safe in their jets as they cowardly bombarded the Muslims of the Caliphate,” the English language Dabiq magazine said in reference to Russia and the West. “And so revenge was exacted upon those who felt safe in the cockpits.”
Western governments have said the plane was likely brought down by a bomb and Moscow confirmed on Tuesday it had reached the same conclusion, but the Egyptian government says it has still not found evidence of criminal action.
President Barack Obama couldn’t have been looking forward to his press conference on Monday in Turkey. Here he is, overseeing a war he says has “contained” the Islamic State. And there his critics are, asking why he hasn’t done more to stop these barbarians who have just committed atrocities in France and Lebanon.
Even still, the press conference stood out for how un-presidential the president was. In the wake of the tragedy, Obama spent much of his time scoring points against Republicans. He said his opponents wanted him to make a rash decision for the sake of a “neat headline.” “If folks want to pop off and have opinions about what they think they would do, present a specific plan,” he said, exasperation in his voice. He even audibly sighed after the third question from a reporter asking why he appears to have underestimated the enemy.
It’s understandable the president would defend his policy and lose patience with those who think it’s failing. But Obama’s version of recent history is misleading. He should be thanking many of his critics. In the last few weeks, he has begun to escalate the war against the Islamic State by finally doing many of the things his opponents have been recommending for months.
Last month, he deployed more special operations forces to Syria. He appears to have relaxed the restrictive rules for air strikes. The U.S. confirmed Monday that it had hit a fleet of trucks the Islamic State used for smuggling oil inside Syria. And Obama has reached out more directly to Syrian Kurdish fighters and some of their Arab allies.
This is all commendable. Yet the president, wary of becoming mired in the Syrian civil war and escalating the conflict in Iraq, had rebuffed all of these policies for nearly a year. And it’s far from clear he is committed to doing much more even in the aftermath of the Paris attack.
SnyderTalk Comment: Cutting through the muck, Obama is incompetent.
That’s the best one-word description of Obama that I can think of.
He may be evil, but he is incompetent.
It is high time we heard from our military commanders. Our men and women in uniform are being humiliated, but the Pentagon brass sits mute. The administration’s inability to “degrade and destroy ISIS,” or even to “contain” the terror plague, as President Obama so inappropriately claimed just last Friday, is an embarrassment.
While inept guidance from Obama and his shrinking circle of confidants has caused headline-worthy failures in Syria, pushback from military commanders has been silenced by a distrustful White House that’s jealous of control and willing to penalize those who stray from the Oval Office narrative. President Obama told graduates of the Coast Guard Academy that denying climate change is a “dereliction of duty.” Isn’t blindly following the flawed and politically skewed directives of the White House also a dereliction of duty?
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat—From Jerusalem to Paris: Sharing Lessons of Hope and Resilience:
As the people of France grapple with the aftermath of the Paris attacks and attempt to comprehend their new reality moving forward, I would like to humbly share some advice based on our own experiences in Jerusalem:
- Routine, routine, routine: Immediately following terror attacks in Jerusalem, we reinstate routine in the city as quickly as possible. By restoring routine, we demonstrate the resilience of our residents and send a strong message: we will not succumb.
- Empower your residents: Many terror attacks in Jerusalem have been thwarted or neutralized by alert and responsible residents who took initiative and alerted security forces. Jerusalem is a large city, yet when necessary, we know how to function as an embracing community that takes responsibility for one another. Cities must encourage residents to be alert and on guard; teach citizens how to act quickly and proactively in the face of threats or attacks.
- Be good with the good guys and bad with the bad guys: Sharp moral clarity is critical to ensuring the safety and security of our citizens. Make a very clear distinction between residents peacefully going about their day-to-day lives and coexisting alongside the diverse populations in the city and those who aim to wreak havoc and bloodshed. The peaceful residents are our partners; we work closely with community leaders to build bridges for opportunity and advancement. However, those who cause destruction and harm, fomenting hatred and breeding incitement, will be punished with the full force of the law.
- Swift engagement to decrease the human toll: In Jerusalem, we have set a goal of enabling security forces to arrive at any location in the city within two minutes. This ability dramatically decreases the human toll in emergency situations. We also work to build an offensive strategy with smart solutions for combating terrorism.
- Terrorism is not just a Paris or Jerusalem problem: Terrorism in Paris, Jerusalem and around the globe is fueled by the same murderous hatred and extremist ideology that aims to abolish our civilization and our values. Our fight is a global one and we must stand united in this battle.
David Horovitz—Will the West Now Adopt Israel’s Anti-Terror Strategies?:
In the month of March 2002, Palestinian terrorists killed 120 Israeli civilians as bombers and gunmen targeted our buses, shopping malls, hotels, colleges and restaurants. The following month, Israel did two things that France, the U.S. and the rest of the free world will have to do if they want to defeat this Islamist terror. We learned how to reduce our vulnerability to terrorism, and we tackled the killers in their centers of operation.
Israel launched a major West Bank military operation to destroy the “infrastructure” of terrorism. Then-president George W. Bush insisted that we stop and get out. But we didn’t. And that’s why, in 2015, when the current Palestinian political, spiritual and media leadership is stirring up its people to again kill the Jews, we’ve been enduring murderous stabbers and car-rammers, rather than mass-murderous suicide bombers.
Caroline Glick—Radical Islam—The invisible enemy:
As the cleaning crews were mopping up the dried blood from the stage and the seats of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, a depressing act appeared on stage in distant Iowa.
Saturday night the three contenders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination took to the stage in Iowa for a debate. The moderator asked them whether they would be willing to use the term “radical Islam” to describe the ideology motivating Islamic terrorists to massacre innocents. All refused.
Like her former boss, US President Barack Obama, former secretary of state and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton not only refused to accept the relevance of the term. Clinton refused to acknowledge what radical Islam stands for.
She merely noted some of what it rejects.
In her words, “I think this kind of barbarism and nihilism, it’s very hard to understand, other than the lust for power, the rejection of modernity, the total disregard for human rights, freedom, or any other value that we know and respect.”
Her opponents agreed with her.
But of course, it is easy to understand what motivates Islamic terrorists. They tell us all the time. They want the world to be run by an Islamic empire. When they are in charge, they will kill, subjugate, convert or enslave all non-Muslims, except Jews. The Jews will be obliterated.
Despite the Islamic State’s “Slaughter the Jews” campaign on social media, which has been aimed primarily at the Palestinians, it should be stressed that the Palestinian cause is not a major issue to ISIS.
ISIS’ top priority is fighting Islam’s internal enemies – the Shi’ites and the secular regimes. It sees conquering Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo, and Mecca as taking precedence over liberating Jerusalem.
Additionally, the idea of a Palestinian state goes completely against ISIS’ religious and ideological vision, based on the establishment of a caliphate under which there is no place for separate states.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has publicly confirmed for the first time that he turned down a peace offer in 2008 that would have provided for an independent Palestinian state containing all of the Gaza Strip, much of the West Bank (with land swaps), and a tunnel connecting the two areas.
Abbas made his comments in an interview on Israel’s Channel 10, which has been broadcasting a three-part series on the peace talks of 2000 and 2008. According to both Abbas and Ehud Olmert, Israel’s Prime Minister in 2008, Olmert presented Abbas in September of that year with a map that delineated the borders of the future State of Palestine. Abbas said that he “rejected it out of hand” because he claimed not to be an expert on maps, and because Olmert’s domestic scandals meant that he would shortly leave office (Olmert was later convicted of corruption). While both Olmert and other Palestinian leaders have previously said that Abbas turned down a peace proposal, this is the first time that the Palestinian Authority president has admitted as such.
George Igler—The True Cost of Europe’s Muslim “Enrichment”:
- The United Nations, in 2000, advocated the “replacement” of Europe’s population by Muslim migrants.
- There seems to be an economic premise underlying this view: that importing the Muslim world en masse into Europe is mutually beneficial. For decades, the mass immigration of Muslims into Europe has been labelled “enrichment.” Shouting “Islamophobia” does not negate how it is virtually impossible to think of a country actually made richer by it.
- Even in a country with an established Islamic population such as Britain, Muslim unemployment languishes at 50% for men, and 75% for women.
- Those using an economic rationale to implement Europe’s demographic transformation fail to recognize the complexities of Islam: they ignore the fundamentalist revival that has been ongoing for over a century. One feature of this growing embrace of literalism is a belief — validated by scripture — that Muslims are entitled to idly profit from the productivity of infidels.
- The idea that with time, Islam’s religious tenets will somehow moderate and dissolve, merely by being lodged in Europe, is wishful thinking, especially in communities where Muslim migrants already outnumber indigenous Europeans.
- The “blind eye” turned towards polygamy in Britain, France, Belgium and Germany has ensured that some Muslim men have upwards of 20 children by multiple wives, almost always at state expense. This suggests that families with fundamentalist views are outbreeding their more moderate coreligionists.
Yoel Guzansky and Erez Striem—Saudi Arabia: A Buildup of Internal and External Challenges:
For years, the Saudi royal house was able to cope with considerable internal and external challenges, thanks to its ability to achieve a consensus among senior princes and to moderate internal tension with the help of oil revenues. The accumulation of the challenges during a period of regional upheaval and historical internal changes, however, is liable to nurture processes that will eventually change the kingdom. There is no way of predicting when, if at all, the turning point will come. Therefore, decision makers in Israel should take note of the changes underway in the kingdom, which could also have consequences for the regional order in the Middle East and beyond. The viability of the potential for developing cooperation between the two countries should be assessed carefully. The more internally vulnerable Saudi Arabia is, certainly as long as the political deadlock in the Israeli-Palestinian theater continues, the less a Saudi regime fearful of its domestic public opinion will be able to cooperate with Israel.
Lawrence A. Franklin—Iran: Nuclear Deal Going, Going, Gone?:
- Iranian military commanders, security chiefs and conservative media outlets are coming close to questioning the competence and loyalty of those in the Iranian regime who favor the JCPOA.
- The surreal irony, of course, is that President Obama keeps assuring the world — as recently as last week again, when he met with Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu — that he is “preventing” Iran from getting nuclear weapons, while the truth is that his “deal” — if the Iranians ever sign it — not only green-lights Iran’s nuclear program, but in fact finances it.
SnyderTalk Comment: Obama is the problem.
SnyderTalk Comment: Bangladesh is about 90% Muslim. Coincidence? If you think it is, you must be a Democrat.
SnyderTalk Comment: This is a video. You need to watch it.
SnyderTalk Comment: If I were Vladimir Putin, I would accept no conditions from Obama. Nothing. Nada. Zip.
26 “Then you shall take the breast of Aaron’s ram of ordination, and wave it as a wave offering before Yahweh; and it shall be your portion. 27 You shall consecrate the breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the heave offering which was waved and which was offered from the ram of ordination, from the one which was for Aaron and from the one which was for his sons. 28 It shall be for Aaron and his sons as their portion forever from the sons of Israel, for it is a heave offering; and it shall be a heave offering from the sons of Israel from the sacrifices of their peace offerings, even their heave offering to Yahweh.”
29 “The holy garments of Aaron shall be for his sons after him, that in them they may be anointed and ordained. 30 For seven days the one of his sons who is priest in his stead shall put them on when he enters the tent of meeting to minister in the holy place.”
SnyderTalk Comment: Read His Name is Yahweh.
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
- Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)
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