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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jan 21, 2015 at 06:53

China faces a serious threat from the Muslims in that country. Last year, over 30 people were killed at a security checkpoint. The response has been similar to what the US did after 9/11: draconian security measures that affect the vast majority of Chinese. An example is the tightened security on Beijing subways. When I look at those long queues, the first thing that comes to mind is the millions of man-hours of productive time lost every day as people are forced to stand around doing nothing.

With the attack on the World Trade Center in September, 2001, I thought the US government would finally get it into their heads, that the fight Israel had been fighting on its own was against a truly villainous enemy; and I expected this country to rally with Israel against this common enemy. Instead, the US refused to connect the incident with the obvious enemy, and we've witnessed 13+ years of a song and dance -- all the while, treating Israel's struggle with its Muslim enemies as though it were an entirely separate matter.

In September, 2001, all the leaders of the world had their eyes on US President Bush, waiting with baited breath to see how he would respond. He led them in a war in Afghanistan, which had not spawned any of the terrorists: 15 Saudis, 2 Emiratis, a Yemeni and an Egyptian. It also was far from the European countries, such as Germany, where the hijackers trained for the attack. I understand how it might have been difficult to address that issue, seeing that some of the enemy trained in the US itself. Nevertheless, the whole exercise had the appearance of the Allies attacking Bolivia in order to defeat the Nazis in WWII.

The US took the lead in 2001, and we got at least token help from over 50 countries to pursue our vain adventure in Afghanistan (and its even less successful fiasco in Iraq). Since then, the world has not waited for nor followed our lead; we no longer hang together, and we are all hanging separately. The goings-on in Urumqi and Beijing are an example of that. All this, because we were afraid to stand with Israel in her hour of need.

For the record, let me say what would have been a more effective solution: to attack ISLAM, not "terrror", making the Islamic world pay the price for aiding and abetting these murderrs, and STARTING IN ISRAEL. Instead of introducing the doctrine of a "two state solution", to reward Yasser Arafat for starting a war in Israel, and snubbing Sharon and Netanyahu in Crawford and Annapolis while rolling out the red carpet for the Arabs, we should have made Muslims everywhere pay the price for the deeds of their sons and daughters -- starting with the Saudis. That certainly would have had more impact than our side-show (deliberately so) in Afghanistan that has kept us busy accomplishing nothing for 13 years.

Yes, I know -- we needed their oil, because we weren"t producing enough of our own, and our economy needed fuel to feed its headlong charge into the heavens. Then the 2008 collapse happened, our factories closed, our workers were idled, and we have glut of oil. Now what's our excuse?

Now we're pulling out of Afghanistan, and moving the warfront to Muslim women wearing burqas in non-Muslim countries. Granted, at least we're making the Muslims suffer a bit for what they've been doing, instead of putting all the burden on innocent travelers in the US and China; but we have yet to acknowledge that the Jews are right and the Pallies wrong, and pro-actively support Israel before the nations.

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