I had planned to write a Christmas article today about the Brazilian Coke ad a friend sent me, but seeing the flags at half mast walking in to work reminded me of the terror attack in Berlin and the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Turkey. So this is a different kind of Christmas article: a wartime one.

I first heard about the Berlin terror attack on the news last night on the way home. A Polish semi-truck, apparently with its driver stabbed, had been driven into a crowd at a Christmas market, killing at least 12 people and injuring 48. Authorities have made an arrest but have not verified that they have the assailant or team who committed this mass murder according to the ISIS formula.

Author Sebastian Gorka was being interviewed about what might change under the new Trump administration. He said that political correctness would end on Day One. In fact, Donald Trump has already weighed in with his usual blunt oversimplification. He is already capturing headlines in a way that most incoming Presidents do not.

According to the above Guardian article,  “The White House condemned what it said “appears to have been a terrorist attack”. The president-elect, Donald Trump, called it a “horrifying terror attack”, blaming “ISIS and other Islamist terrorists [who] continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship”.

Gorka said that the longer that governments tiptoe around this issue of radical Islam by not immediately publishing the names of suspects, the more likely it is that it is Islamist terrorism.

I am not a fan of much of Donald Trump’s past behavior and disagree with many of his policies, including his oversimplification of this issue, but on the national security front, I think it’s time for a change from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s weak foreign policy, which makes excuses for jihadists in the hope that if we are nice to them, they’ll quit attacking us.

In my opinion, we have tried the appeasement route far too long. It’s time to stand up and call a spade a spade as we fight this war. Perhaps I will be criticized for oversimplifying, but I think there are really only two camps in this war.

The first camp is Jihadists and Sympathizers, who accept their grievances regarding Palestine and Syria, etc. and their right to act as guerrilla fighters, killing innocent non-combatants anywhere in the world because their fellow Muslims are being oppressed or killed in wars. The second camp is Western Civilization: Christians, Jews, moderate Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and atheists who all agree that it is completely unacceptable to mow down innocent shoppers on a sidewalk FOR ANY REASON, however legitimate the grievance might be.

Choose this day whose side you are on! Will you continue to make excuses for guerrilla warfare against civilians and try to appease these mass murderers, or will you fight with words and arms to defeat this pestilence that threatens our civilization?

Other articles

Last summer I gave a talk at work about my brain tumor and the depression which followed it. You can see the slides and the text of the talk. Below that there are also links to the presentation our USA Melting pot club gave to the Troy City Council.

Having recently started a word-by-word translation of Martin Luther’s Bible from German to English, I introduced the project and published Matthew Chapter 1 . Later I wrote commentary on it; my church background and theological training is in my USA Melting Pot bio.

Dale Murrish writes on historytraveltechnologyreligion and politics for the Troy Patch and USA Melting Pot club. You can help this non-profit club by making your Amazon purchases through the link on the left side of their website. You can also see over a dozen ethnic presentations from people with firsthand knowledge under Culture & Country (right hand side), and outdoor presentations (Hobby & Fun), including posts on bicycling, skiing and camping.

Other interesting articles on the USA Melting Pot website have been written by Bilal Rathur on his hajj to Saudi Arabia (Part 6) and by Carl Petersen. Thanks to both of them for their contributions.