This morning I was doing my regular morning yoga routine while babysitting my four month old granddaughter. The baby started crying so I picked her up and looked out the window at the last of the autumn leaves. What should I see but a man pulling out my neighbor’s Bernie Sanders signs and then our family’s. I yelled out the window that he was on private property and to leave our signs alone. He responded by giving me the finger and throwing the signs into the street. I told him if he didn’t leave I would call the police. My husband ran out of the garage, looking fierce, as he sometimes does, and the jerk ran off down the street shouting “Global warming didn’t cause the Paris attacks.”
OK, now we have a motive. Who knows where this idiot picked up that line of reasoning–maybe some incendiary talk radio show like Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh? As a matter of fact, global warming is a major factor in the societal instability that provides fertile ground for the growth of terrorist groups like ISIS. (Check out Jared Diamonds excellent book, Collapse, for a detailed exploration of this). So is the deposition of a strongman leader like Assad, tribal rivalries, competition over oil, a compulsion of some people to impose their dogmatic beliefs on others, –a multitude of factors. One thing is clear, though: Bernie Sanders did not cause the Paris attacks.
The Paris attacks were horrific, and they hit home in a manner comparable to 9/11. The world needs to stand with France and swiftly identify the people responsible for the attacks and bring them to justice. And then as a world group (and I mean a WORLD group–non ideological–any organized state opposes terrorists and ISIS crosses political boundaries) we need to disrupt and destroy ISIS and prevent another similar group with a different name from taking its place (remember when Al-Qaeda was the face of evil?) Bernie Sanders supports this course of action, as he stated very clearly in the debate.
What’s frightening is the way some politicians are exploiting the attacks as an excuse for all kinds of racist, xenophobic blather and inciting ignorant idiots like the one on my lawn who clearly does not understand the basic rights our country was founded on, like private property and freedom of speech. I fear for bad days in this country should any of these politicians get elected. This idiot ran down the street. The next one might have a gun.