A suicide bomber targeting Christians celebrating Easter Sunday blew himself up in a crowded park. Seventy-two people, including 36 children, were killed. More than 300 people were wounded.
The scourge of radical Islam is killing and maiming innocent people all over the world. The countries where it is able to do the most damage often have weak border controls and immigration policies, and an inability to control the flow of people.
If what happened in Lahore was evil, what the president said this weekend was bizarre. In his weekend radio address, President Obama doubled down on his demand to take in more refugees from the Middle East even though top security officials have expressed doubts about our ability to vet them.
Obama also went on to attack conservative calls for border security and commonsense counterterrorism policies as "counterproductive" and "contrary to our character. . . values, and to our history as a nation built around the idea of religious freedom."
When a candidate like Ted Cruz actively argues against this foolishness the left attempts to label him as a fringe candidate. Sadly, a significant part of the Republican establishment is so browbeaten by the charge of bigotry that it won't even make the case for secure borders, while polls show the public overwhelmingly supports secure borders.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are incredibly vulnerable on this issue. Yet it is the one issue on which many GOP insiders are the least willing to fight.
State Department Delusions - Responding to last week's terrorist attack in Brussels, State Department spokesman John Kirby said, "This isn't about a religion. . . And we don't believe that it is indicative in any way of the Muslim faith or the people who practice Islam as a religion."
Apparently, the jihadists didn't get the memo. The Islamic State released a video after last week's attack in Brussels praising jihad as a central tenet of Islam.
"Every Muslim who is well aware of the history of Islam, knows that the holy war against infidels is an integral part of Islam, and those who read history would know," the video said.
The radical Islamists know they are at war, and they know why they are waging war. Whatever our State Department might like to believe, waging jihad has been a regular part of Islam's history.
Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families
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