A FEW AMERICAN RESPONSES TO THE SLAUGHTER IN NICE, FRANCE

HOW U.S. LEADERS HAVE RESPONDED TO THE TERRORIST ATTACKS SO FAR


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a short-list finalist to be Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, said Thursday that Muslim-Americans should be “tested” and deported if they “believe in Sharia” law. 
“Western civilization is in a war,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, hours after a truck mowed down French Bastille Day celebrants in Nice, killing at least 80. “We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization.”
No terror group has claimed responsibility for what French authorities have called an attack. French President Francois Hollande described the massacre as having “terrorist character.”
Gingrich’s comments echoed those of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has called for a ban of Muslims from entering the U.S. Trump walked back his proposal in recent weeks. Even Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, said to be Trump’s leading choice for vice president, seems to think it’s a bad idea.
Gingrich said on Fox News that he would welcome “modern Muslims” who had given up Sharia, the legal system based on Islam, and would be “perfectly happy to have them next door.”
“But we need to be fairly relentless about defining who our enemies are,” he said. “Anybody who goes on a website favoring ISIS, or al Qaeda, or other terrorist groups, that should be a felony, and they should go to jail.**
“I mean, if you’re not prepared to monitor the mosque, this whole thing is a joke,” Gingrich said. “We’re like sheep wondering why the wolves keep killing us. These people are opposed to our way of life. They are opposed to our value system. They are opposed to our various religions. They’re opposed to the whole concept of freedom, and they’re very honest about it.”

NOTE: "monitor the mosque"?  As if the U.S. government isn't doing this already as so many published reports have revealed, including a couple of cases of FBI entrapment. But I'm quite sure that Gingrich is very much aware of this "monitoring of Muslims" here in the U.S.  but he has never let an opportunity pass to promote himself even when he's tearing up the Constitution and civil rights.


NOTE:  Trump's proposal is that Congress "Declare War" on terrorists.  Or is it Muslims or Islam?  Exactly how this is going to end religious terrorism is not something that my enfeebled brain can comprehend.  This is the same useless rhetoric that Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI) employs to tell the American people what a wonderful job Republicans in Congress have done since they took control both chambers.  

By way of comparison, here's what Hillary Clinton said about the attack in Nice yesterday.

**NOTE: This would include me, by the way, since I have visited ISIS and terrorist related web sites many times.  My defense would be when arrested by the FBI or the CIA or whoever it is that Newt would proposed undertake these activities, is that I wanted to see for myself what they were saying, how they recruited folks rather than relying on our news media (the Fourth Estate) who can't seem to figure out why it is that no one listens to them any more.  Would this be a sufficient defense in Gingrich's world?   

Prayers to every citizen of France today in their terrible, tragic loss.  

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