Terrorism, ISIS and the World: Are We Doing Enough?

You probably know of the extremely violent and cruel actions carried on by ISIS.

Their brutality, violence and evilness is beyond question… but are we doing enough to stop them?

Is the world doing enough to stop the terror? Are we dealing with the issue the right way?

As you read every word of this short article you will begin to understand why most of the actions carried by the West – principally Europe – are not only having zero effect in the crisis, but actually worsening it.

Importing Terror: France, UK and Germany

Let’s do a quick recap of how Europe is importing terror willingly.

France:

The most remarkable episode is the November 2015 Paris Attacks which left 130 dead persons and 368 injured. This series of coordinated attacks – which includes the massacre at Bataclan which left 89 dead persons – were all carried on by ISIS sympathizers and members.

2016 Nice Attack. On 14 July 2016, during Bastille Day celebrations, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a 19-tonne truck into crowds of people in the street leaving 86 dead and 434 injured. One of the worst vehicle-ramming attacks ever registered in the country.

UK:

7 July 2005 London Bombing. Series of coordinated attacks left 56 dead and 784 injured. These suicide bomb attacks were focused on murdering civilians using the public transport system in peak hours.

2017 Manchester Arena Bombing. During Ariana Grande’s concert on 22 May 2017 a suicide attacker with a bomb left 22 dead and 120 injured.

June 2017 London Attack. On 3 June 2017 a white van drove across London Bridge at extremely high speed leaving 8 dead and 148 injured, some of them in critical condition.

Germany:

Christmas Market Attack. On 19 December 2016 a truck rammed through a Christmas market in Berlin, leaving 12 dead and 48 injured.

New Year’s Eve Sex Assaults. During New Year’s celebrations 1200 women were sexually assaulted by 2000 men, leaving as a result 24 alleged rapes, multiple cases of groping and theft.

Where are we heading?

There are many other incidents to mention, but this quick recap should be more than enough to see how imported violence and brutality is already affecting the West in a significant manner.

Are we waiting for ISIS to slice people in half with an electric chainsaw? Because that’s what they are doing in the Middle East and what they tried to do in Belgium in 2016 according a radical imam’s son, who revealed the plot to kill Christians in a mall using chainsaws.

Electric Chainsaw

Actions that Mean Nothing: Let’s Wake Up

Seems like many countries in the UE are in a competition to see who can import the most refugees.

That is not only doing nothing for remedying the situation in Syria and other countries, because it’s also damaging European citizens by exposing them to terror. Since the influx of refugees was increased many of these attacks started to took place, and as it seems, they are just becoming more frequent and normal.

Just to get an idea: 75% of the refugees who entered to Germany in 2015 were young men. Moreover, what makes it worse is that they are young and unskilled.

Well, it can be even worse: 99% of the refugees in Germany don’t have a job. It means they survive thanks to government’s subsidies, and we can confirm by seeing that the country plans to spend 93.6 billion euro on refugees by end 2020.

What we can take from this:

  1. The open borders policy is a disaster
  2. Refugees are not assimilating to the European societies
  3. They are unskilled and cannot get a job
  4. They are increasing government’s spending
  5. European countries are simply importing terror

Are you beginning to see how these actions mean nothing? They are not solving any problem, and to the contrary, they are creating many others.

This Is What We Can Do:

Dismantle Open-borders Policy:

Let’s start by dismantling the open-borders policy and just allowing into the country really valuable and vulnerable persons, those who are willing to adapt to European societies, respect their lifestyles and respect native citizens. Let’s stop importing terror to our countries and exposing our families.

Assad Is an Ally:

He’s an ally, not an enemy. Putin knows this best: “Only Assad truly fighting Islamic State”.

If we truly want to get rid of ISIS and terrorism in this part of the world, then it’s about time to stop attacking Assad. He’s an Alawite and respects religious minorities in his country which includes Christians.

Let’s get rid of the “Assad must go” said by Barack Obama. If the West had allied with Bashar Al-Assad, this would have been already fixed. Unfortunately, things are just getting worse for Syria, the Middle East and the West.

Marihuana Legalization: Canada’s Example, Vermont’s Case and Texas

The Canadian Case:

Anne McLellan is not wrong when she claims ‘the world is watching’ Canada’s marijuana legalization. A move which could have a big impact on how other countries are handling the issue.

Although she recognizes that it will take time, there’s no doubt Canada holds an important role on the international scene, and that legalizing it in this country, could open the possibility to do it in other countries.

From her speaking at the University of Windsor, which included a free lecture From Prohibition to Legalization, we can extract the following:

“The regulatory regime that goes with the legalization is very complex and involves all three levels of government. It’s going to require high levels of collaboration and cooperation.”

She recognizes it’s one of the most challenging files she has ever worked on. It’s mainly due to the fact that they are looking forward to legalizing it, but also regulating it for vulnerable groups in society like young people.

Legalization is a complex matter. And as Anne McLellan states: “The world is watching us and we are quite aware of that fact”.

It’s because if Canada accomplish legalization, which is projected for 2018, it could settle an historical precedent and serve as a case study for countries that want to create similar laws.

This has been one of the most important marijuana news of the month, because the future of marijuana legalization seems promising, and Canada is leading it.

The Vermont Case:

And in other marijuana legalization news we have a great promise for consumption of recreational marijuana in the United States of America. On May 3rd, the bill known as H.170 was approved with a 71 to 74. A slight margin, yet enough.

This bill is very important, because it’s another event in what seems as a chain reaction, after Vermont’s Senate approved a measure aimed to legalize, regulate and tax minimal amounts of marijuana. Although, this bill will have to wait for House vote until January, 2018.

Going onto the same track as Colorado and its recreational consumption laws, the future for recreational consumption of cannabis in Vermont seems promising.

Although it’s yet a controversial topic, if Vermont results successful on its journey, it may inspire other states to do the same. It’d be a great advance, similar to the Canada’s case, but at a national level.

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Texas and Medical Marijuana:

And in other important medical marijuana news, we have that advocates of medical marijuana in Texas have sharpened plea for its legalization in the state.

“Don’t let misconceptions continue to block a life-improving treatment for people with serious health problems,” they claim.

They delivered a simple plea to state lawmakers on May 3rd. Supporting it with personal stories on painful conditions untreatable with conventional methods and drugs, they strive for legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

Taking Cherie Rineker’s case – 49-year-old mother with an incurable kind of blood cancer – she states medical marijuana would allow her to quit some really hard drugs, which do her as much damage as her disease.

“There’s no moral high ground in denying medical patients medicinal marijuana,” she states, “when allowable prescription drugs rob us our health.” And this is a thought shared by many other patients in Texas who strive for creating similar medical marijuana laws to Colorado’s.

Colorado is a strong referent in legalization and regulation of cannabis. Many people, including Cherie Rineker, have traveled to this state to solely try medical marijuana. And as she states, thanks to it she could cut on her prescription drugs and feel great relief.

Between other supporters of this initiative we have members of the group Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, health professionals informed on the issue and veterans, who testified to give the plea more support and ground.

“All of these people here who can benefit from this don’t have time to wait,” claims Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. They criticize the indecision of Texas legislators on this issue, claiming patients cannot wait anymore.

There’s still a long way to go, but this initiative seems to be a great step onto the right direction.