By Sen. Ted Cruz – – Thursday, January 7, 2016
One year ago today, two radical Islamic terrorists walked into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper in Paris, and opened fire, killing 11 journalists and wounding 11 more. Upon leaving the building they also killed a French police officer, bringing the total number of dead and wounded to 23. The terrorists espoused a murderous ideology that recoils at the thought, as I wrote at the time, of “the very notion of a free society where individuals have the right to worship, vote, and express themselves as they please.” They are not interested in negotiation — only in the complete and utter surrender of Western society to their brutal, totalitarian version of Islam.
The intervening year has seen radical Islamic terror on the march in so many places across the globe that it’s easy to forget the growing wave of attacks we had already encountered by the middle of January 2015: an attack at the Canadian parliament, ISIS beheadings in the sands of Syria, attacks on rabbis in a Jerusalem synagogue, hostages taken in a Sydney coffee shop, an axe-wielding terrorist going after New York City policemen.
Yet nearly two years after President Obama first called ISIS a “jayvee” team, free men and women remain under attack. On the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Paris authorities have opened a terror investigation today after they shot and killed a knife-wielding man outside a Paris police station.
ISIS and its sympathizers have advanced. They have attacked civilians at bus stops in Jerusalem, taken and murdered hostages at a Jewish grocery store in Paris’ Porte de Vincennes area, massacred guests at a hotel in Mali, and in November, again terrorized the streets of Paris, killing 130 people in attacks on restaurants, a stadium and a nightclub that can be described as nothing less than a naked act of war.
Only the day before the November Paris attacks, President Obama assured us ISIS was “contained.” Yet sadly and shockingly last month, two ISIS sympathizers, a U.S. citizen and his Pakistani wife, brought their murderous ideology to our own shores and attacked fellow employees at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. They killed 14 people and wounded 22 in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since the Fort Hood terror attacks of 2009.
What did President Obama do in response? In his customary knee-jerk fashion, the President went on television before all the facts were known and quickly called for more gun control. The solution to radical Islamic terrorism is not to take away our guns. The solution is to use our guns to defend ourselves. But this truth is lost on an administration that refuses to even utter the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”
Perhaps the most poignant evidence of the administration’s blindness to the threat we face came from Secretary of State John Kerry. Shortly after the November Paris attacks, Secretary Kerry posited that there was a “rationale” for…