The news at the weekend was dominated by events in Dallas, Texas, where five policemen were shot dead Thursday evening by a lone sniper, Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old war veteran. There are disturbing similarities between this shooting and recent shootings by supporters of ISIS. One commonality is the hatred of white people.
TV news programs were major contributors to the events of Thursday night. The murders of the policemen were in response to the deaths of two African-American males in Minnesota and Louisiana. Before 24-hour television news channels, it’s doubtful that people in Dallas would have been aware of these deaths in other states.
It should also be pointed out that the deaths of young white males at the hands of the police are less likely to get national attention. A 17-year-old unarmed white male in our county was shot dead by police a few months ago. Throughout our neighborhood signs are up on front laws demanding answers over the death of Deven Guilford. There have been no demonstrations or acts of violence committed following Deven’s death.
The similarity with mass killings by ISIS should be of particular concern, especially when we consider that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States. It’s grown rapidly amongst African-Americans in US prisons since 9-11. Note the following:
“In addition to immigration, the state, federal and local prisons of the United States may be a contributor to the growth of Islam in the United States. J. Michael Waller claims that Muslim inmates comprise 17-20% of the prison population in New York, or roughly 350,000 inmates in 2003. He also claims that 80% of the prisoners who “find faith” while in prison convert to Islam. These converted inmates are mostly African American, with a small but growing Hispanic minority. Waller also asserts that many converts are radicalized by outside Islamist groups linked to terrorism, but other experts suggest that when radicalization does occur it has little to no connection with these outside interests.” (Wikipedia: “Conversion to Islam in US prisons”.)
I remember an African-American male on NPR saying that the appeal of Islam for him was that it’s a basically anti-white religion.
If the anger against whites, and particularly white police officers, continues to worsen, together with radical Islam, the United States could be headed for more than “a long, hot summer.” There is no real comparison with the riots of fifty years ago, when only 10% of the country was non-white. Thanks to unwise immigration policies, it’s now well over a third. At every presidential election the percentage of white voters drops by 1%, giving the Democrats a built-in advantage. It’s no coincidence that the late Senator Edward Kennedy was the primary driver of the 1965 Immigration Act.
Ironically, the white police were protecting African-American demonstrators, protesting against police brutality against their own community. One black woman, who saved her son by throwing her body over his when shots were fired by the sniper, thanked the police afterwards for saving both her life and her son’s.
Everybody needs to realize that concerns about white police killing blacks does not mean that the police are not needed. As my old English teacher taught us in High School, “the police are all that stand between us and anarchy!”
Individual policemen who have used extreme violence against African-Americans must be dealt with, but the overwhelming majority of policemen are doing a very difficult job protecting us all. We should be thankful for that.
It’s not very often that I recommend a movie, but Diane and I did like “Eye in the sky,” which has just come out on DVD. (Be warned – there is some bad language.)
The movie helps you understand why the West, as is, cannot win the war against radical Islam.
In the film, the British have the opportunity to kill a couple of terrorists putting on their suicide bomber vests, before they go out and kill dozens of people at a local mall. The problem is that a young girl is just outside the walls of the home where the bombers are “dressing up.” Can they go ahead and fire a missile with the high probability of “collateral damage,” especially when the victim is young and innocent? On the other hand, if they don’t go ahead and dozens die, they would be held responsible.
I remember many years ago an interview with the head of Sri Lanka’s internal security. He had helped crush a decades-long rebellion by some of the country’s Tamil minority.
He recounted an incident in which three terrorists were caught. The police knew that they had planted a bomb at a bus station somewhere, but didn’t know where. When they asked the men to tell them, they wouldn’t. The anti-terror chief took out his gun and shot one in the head. One of the others then told him.
In the interview, he added: “You won’t do that in the West. That’s why you won’t win!”
(Diane and I are leaving shortly to visit family in England. I will not be posting to my blog while I’m away, unless something really big happens. We will be back before the end of the month.)