Quote of the day from David French. Longer article here:
Incredibly, ISIS won not just in Orlando. It’s winning the aftermath. The American response to the attack has been beyond ineffective, veering decisively toward the counterproductive. We’re doing nothing more to deter or prevent terror attacks and everything to deceive our own people about the true nature of the threat. Rather than unite to fight a common enemy, we’re dissolving into partisan, polarizing stupidity. . .
This is perhaps the most astounding aspect of the aftermath — leftist thought leaders are responding to the massacre by condemning Christians. In other words, rather than educating Americans about the truly vicious nature of jihadist theology and encouraging Americans to remain vigilant, the New York Times, CNN, and similar news outlets are training their fire on Republican governors and attorneys general. To the extent that ISIS follows domestic American debates, there have to be high-fives all around in Raqqa. A Muslim kills gay people and ISIS’s Christian enemies face blowback? They couldn’t conceive of a more complete propaganda coup.
What struck me in particular about the following report is how vulnerable the U.S. is to tunnels from Mexico that ISIS could use to penetrate and devastate the United States. With half the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored in San Diego, the scenario is scary indeed. Chris Mitchell, CBN Middle East Bureau Chief reports:
Text of Chris Mitchell's report:
JERUSALEM, Israel -- During the war with Israel last summer, Hamas dug tunnels under the Israel's border to kill, kidnap, and terrorize Israelis. Now, a new thriller warns that ISIS could use those same tactics to strike America.
During the 50-day war, Hamas terrorists used an intricate series of tunnels to carry out sneak attacks. While IDF soldiers stopped those attacks, the tunnels shocked most Israelis to the core.
At the time, CBN News chronicled the scope and size of the underground maze.
A Real 'Day of the Dead'
The terror tunnels are designed to infiltrate Israeli communities close to the border with Gaza, which is about a mile away.
Some of the tunnels are more than a mile long and 60 feet deep, with multiple exits. Clearly Hamas has been planning the tactic for a long time.
The Israel Defense Forces destroyed many of the tunnels, but the frightening memory remains.
Dan Gordon, a veteran of six Israeli wars, talked about their effectiveness.
"I can't imagine anything more terrifying for the people who live there than suddenly the earth opens up. It's almost a scene out of a grade-B zombie movie, and the walking dead come out, except they're not dead," Gordon told CBN News.
"I've been a soldier now for 40 years, which is a long time, and the most terrifying thing that I've ever seen is the advent of the terrorist tunnel attacks that happened last summer," he said.
A Ripe Target
Now, a year later, Gordon, an Israeli-American, has written Day of the Dead, a thriller about those tunnels, which he says should be a wakeup call to America.
"The country that is most vulnerable to that attack is my other homeland, the United States of America -- far more vulnerable because there are terrorist tunnels that exist already," Gordon explained.
"They're called drug-smuggling tunnels, and they run from part of Mexico into California, to Arizona and to Texas," he said.