The frenzy in Boston is over, now we must find solutions

Now that the fear of Boston's bombings is over, lets stop being compacent and focus upon realistic ways to end global terrorism. Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEApril 20, 2013 – The battle in Boston has been won….for now. But the war against terrorism is on-going.

Islamic terrorism is Islamic terrorism. No mater who is responsible – Chechen Islamists, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah or any member of any other group — it is still Islamic terrorism. The world has a problem. It is time to recognize it and do something about it.

Police officials are saying we have closure. We do not. What we have is the end of an incident and relief for a city and our country, but we do not have closure.

American news anchors are focusing on Chechnya, trying to gather information about that region that few Americans know about. It is part of the story, but it is not THE story. What is relevant is that Islamic jihadists — with or without the backing of organized groups — are infiltrating Western society in new ways with new methods and we must be vigilant to stop, or at least minimize, damage from these groups and individuals.

Robert Spencer, a long-time and vocal expert on Islamic terrorism, said it best when he wrote, “characteristically for the mainstream media, they’re missing the point (probably willfully): the Boston Marathon jihad bombings were not a strike of the “Chechen insurgency,” which has never hit America before, but of the global Islamic jihad, which has struck in America before.”

The marathon bombings might have been the act of two individual men, but it was also the result of anti-American Islamist groups, directly or indirectly. Initial information suggests that even if the two suspects acted alone, they acted after Islamist indoctrination.

As they always do, Muslim apologists will come out of the woodwork to remind us that Islam is a religion of peace and the bombers do not represent the larger Islamic community.

We already know that. It is a given. It does not alter the fact that the preponderance of global terrorism is the result of Islamic terrorism.

The world has a cancer that must be contained if it cannot be eradicated. Ignoring it will not make it go away.

Just because the rest of the body is healthy when a human being contracts cancer in a specific location does not eliminate the disease and, unless removed, there is no way to stop if from spreading. Islamic terrorism is no different.

The Associated Press no longer uses the term “Islamist.” That approach is a step in the wrong direction.

The problem of radical Islam has grown too large. It is too vast to eradicate on a global basis. But it can be minimized. It can be contained. Not recognizing its existence is not the answer.

Foreign policy usually takes a back seat to the endless bickering and polarization of domestic politics. Then when something so heinous as the Boston bombings takes place, there are endless questions and soul searching that suddenly remind us of our vulnerability.

Rather than attempting to find solutions, we console ourselves with candlelight vigils, pontifical expressions to make ourselves feel better or turn inwardly with reflections of anger and guilt. Such moments are necessary. They help us heal. They provide comfort to the actual victims and to the American people, who are also victims by virtue of our national identity.

But they are NOT solutions.

Some respond to incidents like the attack in Boston with demands for justice against the perpetrators. Bringing those responsible for the attacks is important, but it is not an answer. Satisfying perhaps. Conclusive it is not.

Islamic hatred is instilled in jihadists at a young age. Sometimes indoctrination begins before children can even walk. Many young minds are poisoned before they have any comprehension of what they supposedly believe.

Indeed, many peaceful Muslims recite Koranic verses on a daily basis during their daily prayers with no idea of what they are saying because they are spoken in Arabic.

Now that the tension and fear has abated and Boston returns to some semblance of normalcy, we must focus upon methods of curing the global disease of terrorism. It must be continuous and, most of all, it must be an intensive prioritized undertaking.

If it is not, similar attacks will happen again and again.

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.



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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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