December 2015 San Bernardino, Ca. radicalized Islamic terrorists who were immigrants, attack a Christmas party for the county health department at an off-site conference center. More than a dozen were killed with no survivors. Bombs were placed in the room to kill or maim first responders when they arrived. Fortunately they didn’t explode; the man & woman were incompetent, at least in that respect.
And this is just a sample of terrorist incidents around the world targeting western civilization and people. We all hear the ‘see something say something’ campaign by the Department of Homeland Security. But unless it directly affects them, it is ignored. No one wants to be seen as profiling someone else and be targeted by hate groups that hate you for what they ‘perceive’ is hateful.
So the headline of this post is as realistic as it can be. Can we fight terrorism? When we have groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ethnic/gender/racial/whatever groups who hate you and say out loud that you deserve to get violence I think we’re doomed in the United States.
It takes a concerted effort to fight terrorism. It takes everyone willing to help their neighbor, no matter who they may be, white, black, brown, male, female, gay, lesbian, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, liberal, or conservative, to defeat terrorism. And we can’t seem to do that in America.
The history of our cultural heritage is to pull together and work for the betterment of everyone who is here. And yet in the past 8 years or so, we’ve been torn apart by the hatred of specialized groups whose only wish is to tear us apart and divide us by those groups I mentioned above.
If any of you remember the protest songs of the 60’s there is a line in one that puts it succinctly for everyone. It’s about a protest and it says “Most say hooray for our side’. Meaning as long as your side wins it doesn’t matter what you want, you ain’t gonna get it!
Terrorism can be defeated by strengthening trust within communities and the police. This means, despite the erroneous statements about police shootings and profiling, it will take the entire community working together to defeat terrorism. Whether that terrorism come from ISIS, home grown groups, or foolish people who believe such nonsensical nonsense as is pumped out b social media on a regular basis (remember we all have to s*** everyday too).
So how can we defeat terrorism? And this would be besides pulling together and presenting a united front. On 9/11 it lasted for about 6 months. After San Bernardino it lasted about 6 minutes. The answer is fairly simple if we have the courage to pull it off;
- Trust the police. Police shootings are down and crime is on the way back up. They are our first line of defense against…anything
- If you see something suspicious then say something. The San Bernardino shooters could have been turned in months before, but a neighbor told police she was afraid that she was profiling them and would be targeted by hate groups
- Develop your own situational awareness and know what is going on around you at all times. Should you let this interfere with your daily activities or fun? NO! But just be more aware
- Don’t complain about the security in your building, offices, manufacturing plant, or other places. It’s there to protect you while you’re there not to hinder or harass
- Privacy concerns aside for a moment, let the security or police officer do what they need to do in checking your ID or looking over your car. Yes it’s a pain in the arse, but again there is a good reason for it. And if you’re something a little wrong i.e. having an affair the police aren’t going to tell your significant other, they could care less
- When traveling somewhere, by plane, train, bus, or other kind of public transit don’t get frustrated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) or law enforcement looking you over
In the United States we have it pretty good. We don’t have soldiers surrounding buildings with Uzi’s and grenades. We don’t have to arm our police officers with combat helmets and have them escort, and be escorted, to go into certain neighborhoods like many do in Europe and elsewhere.
Have we been attacked by terrorists? Yes we have. But as security professionals, both public and private, it’s our responsibility to defend our country. We can win this fight, but we need everyone to help us to do it. And we can’t get that help unless we do what we did in 1776, 1836, 1861, 1898, 1917, 1941, & 1991. Pull together and act as a unified country and not bicker amongst ourselves for piddly little b***s*** stuff.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on security issues, specifically workplace violence. He’s spent nearly 33 years in the security field. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or Visit his Facebook page, One is too Many. Here you will read about other items related to security & WPV issues. Or be a twitter follower at @robertsollars2.
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