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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Brussels Attacks are a Wake-Up Call

When I got up this morning I found that half a world away, people were blown up in a terrorist attack in Belgium The cowards who killed and wounded the people who were navigating through rush hour were said to be part of the ISIS terrorist cells living in that European country. It should serve as a wake-up call to all of us. As the people who are so worried about their privacy protest about the battle between Apple and the FBI over unlocking an iPhone of known terrorists, I can only think that I would gladly let the FBI look in my phone if it would save innocent people from being killed by terrorists. Will our desire for personal freedoms be our ultimate demise? And what about the outcry against profiling? When people from the Middle East are allowed free rein of their new country is it just asking for trouble? I don't believe all of them are terrorists—but the ranks of the law abiding citizens of Somali descent here in Minnesota are producing new recruits for ISIS all the time. Can we afford to let our desire for personal freedom impede our need for public safety? Of course, this same question could be asked of race as well. Can some people do anything they like and hide behind their minority status—to the detriment of the general public? The Brussels attack (as well as 9-1-1) has created a new world. Some freedoms may need to be compromised to keep the public safe. Furthermore, if the people (and countries) of the world are tired of ISIS murdering, enslaving, torturing, burning and destroying, then certainly if those people and countries work together, ISIS can be destroyed and eliminated from the world.

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