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June 26, 2015

A message from Charleston?

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on June 26, 2015

By most definitions terrorism is the use of violence to achieve political objectives.

Given what we currently understand, the murder of the Emanuel Nine was a terrorist act.

Since June 17, which was also the first night of Ramadan, have we encountered the most effective anti-terrorism strategy? (Something different than counter-terrorism.)

There was prompt and effective police action.  But even more substantive — in terms of extended impact — we have experienced fearless expressions of grace that have honored the victims, while simultaneously wholly discrediting the political intentions of the murderer.

How many future terrorist actions have been prevented by the courageous integrity of the survivors?

Surely we have also seen the sort of relationships, mind-sets, individual initiative and community engagement that are essential to true resilience.

I have been in Charleston since Tuesday.  I wish you could have been here too.

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5 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 26, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

We can always hope!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 26, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

We can hope, however when we have government elected leadership spewing this false narrative that we are a divided nation and this administration and an AG in Baltimore with only self-agenda doing its utmost to convey divisiveness in every way, well thank God the people of Charleston and the elected leadership truly portrayed what we on “Main Street USA” know in our hearts and the manner in which we Respect our neighbors and family in our communities —

We elected a Black executive White House not once, but to a full second term and when I say “WE” I mean the white majority of voters who went to their polling places and voted to entrust leadership, not this blatant failed government so hell bent on making more and more dependent on government and a government who has failed to visit the streets of Chicago where Black Life does matter and where Black on Black crime is so very much a part of the landscape, however the politicians knowing how to run to Cambridge in such a hurry to interfere with a local 911 police matter and knowing how to run to other cities yet not Chicago and the precious loss of young Black men who see no hope whatsoever….even after two terms and empty rhetoric….what a charade!

God Bless America!

While we talk and talk and focus on issues of gay and lesbian marriage and issues for each state to rule and not for a Supreme Court and other issues….what really matters to our not-too distant future, Tehran and how this executive White House has done it utmost to lessen our relationship with Israel and afford these thugs in Tehran a nuclear weapon — ass we await the arrival of Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg to take over the reigns of Germany shortly, the work of Tehran continues and they could give a damn about America! How dare you weaken our nation and with our border open despite demands to close it and a revamp of immigration and enforcement of laws, now we hear that there are so many terrorists cells throughout the nation, good going fellas! Really bright!

Let’s hope the NSA is listening to everyone’s conversations and for the most part, assuredly, conversations rather boring indeed!

God Bless America!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 26, 2015 @ 8:28 pm

“How many future terrorist actions have been prevented….” more a concern here on “Main Street USA” as to what government and military leaders and this tainted White House who runs to the Middle East in apology for America, snubbing the Hebrew in every way….befriending the Muslim Brotherhood….how dare you? Seeking to divide and subject more to depending on government rather than nurturing one’s self through hard work and commitment –

Hearing news about new terrorist attacks in the news today….these cowards, thugs, like this thug who took the life of these precious and wonderful human beings in Charleston, God’s children….the thugs who are cowards w/their masks, the lawless of Islam and in witness of the Lord killing Muslims and Christians, so hell bent on murder and rape and torture and the necessity for 1.6 billion, yes, 1.6 billion Muslims to stand together and stop such disrespect towards God and Life itself, so precious….

While not professing that folks must embrace one another, yet the example you and other cite as to a Charleston community which I, too know well and how together they will NOT permit such bias, hatred and sinful way to divide a community and it is time that Muslims send a clear message to those within its communities that anyone harming an innocent and kills anyone before the Lord is unwelcome….

This is the 21st century and everyone should have their choice and not impose their values on another and together with one after another in galaxies from our naked eye and through the lens of a telescope, we have much promise for humanity w/Blessings bestowed upon us all, yet not if this lust in power and control by all and by the “Bandits of Islam” these lawless thugs continue to harm innocent human beings which only brings more darkness to humanity at a time where we should all be striving to attentively listen to one another more intently and instead of raising sword so quickly, to strive and better understand one another and to co-exist though again, not necessarily embracing one another though Respecting one another and together celebrating Life!

God Bless us all —

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Comment by Quin

June 30, 2015 @ 12:48 pm

“How many future terrorist actions have been prevented by the courageous integrity of the survivors?”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/tunisia-attack-hotel-workers-speak-of-moment-they-risked-their-lives-to-form-human-shield-10354486.html

Not just limited to Americans.

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