CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 27, 2016 — On Monday, the Democratic Party began its four-day convention to nominate John Kerry’s predecessor as Secretary of State as its 2016 presidential candidate.
Kerry was in Vienna Friday to attend an international conference on global warming and negotiate a deal to end the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) as refrigerants.
There he made an extraordinary statement:
“I met in Washington with 45 nations—defense ministers and foreign ministers—as we were working together on the challenge of Daesh, ISIL and terrorism. It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we—you—are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”
That is, air conditioners and refrigerators are as big a threat to life as the terrorism of the Islamic State.
This comment came as one shooter killed at least nine people at a McDonald’s in Munich, followed by the murder of a pregnant woman by a machete-wielding Syrian “asylum seeker” in Reutlingen, a city located in Germany’s southwest region.
Those were the second and third attacks in less than a week in Germany. They won’t be the last. Ask the French. They’ve endured five such barbaric incidents in less than a year.
Immediately following the first attack, German officials said they were still seeking the motive behind it. They must investigate, but the motive is already staring them in the face: Islam.
The media quickly treated the shooting as a “lone wolf” attack, that now-too-familiar cliché deployed to minimize public reaction. Journalists love the concept of lone wolves because it is not as difficult to apologize for them as it is when Islamists are involved.
Witnesses claim the 18-year old German-Iranian attacker, who later killed himself, shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the shooting spree, despite later, conflicting reports by German police that he had no Islamic ties. The BBC refused to list his first name—Ali—in its reports on the incident for two days.
Even if investigations prove the attack was the work of a single individual, it remains true that large numbers of fanatical Muslim refugees have infiltrated Europe, particular Germany, which only increases the potential for future assaults.
Already, the regularity of such attacks has intensified dramatically and there is no evidence that anything is being done to stop them. Law enforcement officials say police are overwhelmed. Combine that with the seemingly “random” nature of the attacks along with an unwillingness to admit there is a problem, and there is a problem. A big problem.
While Munich reeled under the chaos of a mass shooting, John Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol designed to phase out HFC. It may be hard for Kerry and the Obama Administration to grasp the inconvenient truth that there has not been a single reported incident of someone being killed by an exploding carton of milk as they opened a refrigerator door.
Elsewhere, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, a French National Front (FN) Assemblée Nationale warned that she believes Europe is “at war with Islamists.”
“Either we kill Islamism or it will kill us again and again. You are with us and against Islamism, or you are against us and for Islamism … Those who choose the status quo become complicit with our enemies,” Le Pen told supporters.
It took a while, but finally someone in government and politics is catching on. After five murderous attacks in France, at least one person is now aware that the French people have a better chance of dying on a train, or at a holiday celebration or in a mall, than they do of catching pneumonia on a hot night when the air conditioner is running too cold.
When challenged about her opinions Le Pen responded, “I have exposed reality.” She added,
“The attacks that took place in France at the Bataclan (in Paris last November) were carried out by terrorists who infiltrated their way into the flood of immigrants arriving from Greece.
“Free movement of goods and people is a way of feeding terrorism. France’s migration policy has contributed to the explosion of radical Islam here and to the genesis of those terrorists who are born in France.”
If climate change is as serious as President Obama claims it is, there is still time for science and technology to do something about it. Terrorism, on the other hand, is a clear and present danger.
This week in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton was nominated to challenge Donald Trump in a contest that will determine who becomes the next President of the United States. In the meantime, perhaps John Kerry needs to press that famous Obama Administration “RESET” button. Hillary can show him how to do it.
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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