My friends, Australia is in a time of struggle today, we must send our regards to them. We must stand with them in every capacity we can. The man holding up the Sydney Lindt cafe is thought to be linked to radical Islam. He forced his captives to hold up a ‘Shahada,’ so it’s more than likely.

Hostages were forced to display the Shahada flag.

Hostages were forced to display the Shahada flag.

Western society via its many freedoms has long been thought of as the ‘beacon of hope’ and the ‘symbol of freedom’ throughout the world. I think we can all agree that the term ‘Freedom,’ can, or at least could have been accounted as synonymous with the West. However, major legislation was passed at the turn of the century that blatantly restricted America’s freedoms with the argument that it would protect us from terrorism, domestic and abroad. that legislation was called the USA Patriot Act. Former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas once said, “Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.” So ultimately, what poses a larger threat to us, Terrorism or constraints on our god-given freedoms? I believe that terrorism poses a larger threat to the west rather than government programs like the USA Patriot Act. Terrorism poses a larger threat to Westerners because of the Jihadist mentality, possibility of ‘Lone Wolf’ attacks, and how little programs like the USA Patriot Act actually disrupts our day-to-day lives.

Today, there are an estimated 1.6 billion followers of Islam. Thus, Islam constitutes approximately 23.2% of the earth’s population. It is the second largest religion behind Christianity. A large majority of Muslims adhere to their teachings in a peaceful manner. Unfortunately, as is the case with all groups of people, there is a small sect of radicals. However, Islamic radicals are different than others in a sense that they have a STRONG belief in martyrdom. Jihadists view the Qur’an in a different context than the majority of Muslims, jihadists view the Qur’an in a very literal sense. They want to follow Sharia law, a strict moral code found in some denominations of Islam. Sharia law contradicts Western ideology in many ways, thus, Jihadists have been waging a war on western nations for quite some time now. The dangerous part of the Jihadist mentality is that these people, are willing to do anything for Allah. It does not matter how brutal, inhumane, or murderous these acts are, they hold a strong belief that Allah will consider them martyrs and give them their 72 virgins. Jihadists are waging a war on the west. They do want to kill us. They hold ruthless views. They have openly declared that they want to kill Jews and destroy the State of Israel. They have been persecuting Christians in the Middle East due to their lack of adherence to Islam. These are the people that shout “Al mout li Amreeka,” “Al mout li Ingiltra,” and “Al mout li Israel.” These phrases translate to “Death to America,” “Death to England,” and “Death to Israel.” Radical Islam poses a larger threat to Westerners than most people think, another dangerous facet of terrorism that poses a threat to westerners is the possibility of “Lone Wolf” attacks.

In the past two years alone, we have seen multiple “Lone Wolf” attacks on western countries by Islamic radicals. On April 15th, 2013, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev approached the crowds near the end of the finish line for the Boston Marathon. They placed their explosive filled backpacks 210 metres apart and left. The bombs exploded killing 3 and injuring 264 others.

Explosion at Boston marathon

On May 22nd, 2013, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale hit Fusilier Lee Rigby of the British Army with their car, then proceeded to stab and slice at him with knives and cleavers. They then dragged his body out into the streets of London and claim that they did so to avenge the deaths of Muslims by the hands of the British military.

One of Lee Rigby's murderers.

One of Lee Rigby’s murderers.

On October 20th, 2014, an Islamic radical ran down two Canadian soldiers with his car in Quebec, killing one of the soldiers and wounding the other. On October 22nd, 2014, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau approached the Canadian National War Memorial and fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian army. He then ran into the Parliament building and attempted to kill others.

The tragic scene after Cpl. Cirillo was shot at the War Memorial in Ottawa

The tragic scene after Cpl. Cirillo was shot at the War Memorial in Ottawa

As you can see, these radical “Lone Wolves” pose a real threat to our daily lives, government surveillance programs like the Patriot Act help foil many of these plotted plans, however, we are still under the constant threat of attack.

Fortunately, programs like the USA Patriot Act do not interfere very much with most people’s daily lives. Generally, we still have free speech. Unless you were planning on calling for Jihad against your nation, plotting to commit a crime or calling for the murder of the leader of your nation, you should still retain your right to free speech under programs like the USA Patriot Act. Under programs similar to the Patriot Act, terrorists can be detained without due process. But is that really affecting you negatively? That person likely wanted to eliminate your way of life. Detaining that person is most likely in your interests. However, there are cases when people are detained without probable cause and that issue needs to be addressed and corrected.

Yes, government surveillance programs have their flaws, what legislation does not? But would you rather be safe, or be able to know that you won’t be monitored when plotting a crime?

We as westerners are the primary targets of Radical Islam. Why can’t we wake up and realize the true threat that radical Islam poses? Whenever it is brought up, groups will shout that we are being ‘Islamophobic’ or being hateful towards Muslims. No we are not, we realize that the vast majority of Muslims are not this way, but we have to recognize that small faction of Islam as a threat in order to counter it. Programs like the USA Patriot Act were designed to counter this threat at little cost to our civil liberties and freedoms. It has succeeded for the most part.
My Friends, Terror is on our doorstep.