Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is once again acting as America’s voice of reason in dangerous and difficult times. The conservative firebrand from the Lonestar State has taken it upon himself to stand up for sanity in the discussion about accepting more Muslim refugees.
In the wake of the most recent terror attacks by a Muslim immigrant where 15 different bombs were found by authorities, Senator Cruz is calling for an immediate halt to America’s refugee intake program.
Cruz contended that our enemies were now actively pursuing any means of infiltrating the West to inflict damage upon us and our allies, and this move marks a new phase in the war on terror. Previously, most of the fighting had taken place in the Muslim world, but it seems that ISIS and Al Qaeda are now shifting their focus outward, sending their fighters disguised as refugees into our homelands.
Cruz also argued that while these attacks may seem random and disconnected, the truth is that they are all part of the same ideological war. While the effort may be less centrally coordinated, it is no less connected to the same root causes, ideologies, and practicalities.
Cruz called on American Muslims to lend support in the fight by supporting law enforcements effort to root out the hidden dangers. He also called on Congress to pass legislation that would stop Americans who have travelled abroad to fight for the terrorists from returning home, and for our politicians to stop pretending that the problem of radical Islamic terrorism doesn’t exist.
Senator Cruz implored all Americans to join together in the fight. Together we can win, but divided we will continue to suffer defeat.
On Monday, the Senator provided a full statement on the issue to the Washington Free Beacon. Here is what he said:
Terrorist attacks over the last several days across our homeland, from Manhattan to Minnesota, indicate we are moving into a new phase of the war against ISIS and al Qaida, who are increasingly targeting Europe and the United States. Two years ago, a focused, aggressive military campaign against ISIS’s claimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq might have effectively destroyed the terrorist group, but ISIS has instead spent the last year seeding radicals in the West, disguising jihadis as refugees and radicalizing Muslim citizens online and encouraging them to remain in the U.S. and fight here. Meanwhile, other networks such as al Qaida and the Taliban remain determined to resume the attacks on America that began on September 11, 2001.
As we confront this new phase, we must avoid the trap of misconceiving these attacks as isolated incidents somehow disconnected from the larger ideological struggle against jihad. It is past time to take off the blinders and call the enemy what it is: radical Islamic terrorism engaged in a coordinated campaign designed to disrupt our very way of life.
We must start by fully supporting our law enforcement community, from the heroic off-duty officer Jason Falconer, who neutralized the terrorist in the St. Cloud mall, saving many lives, to the FBI officers in New York who have worked swiftly to identify and apprehend the likely mastermind of the weekend bombings. We also desperately need the active participation of American Muslims who see the jihadis for what they are: the enemies of all who celebrate freedom and tolerance. Congress should act to prevent Americans who have travelled abroad for training from returning here, and to stop the flow of refugees from hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East that President Obama is determined to bring to our country. We can’t overcome our enemies by pretending they don’t exist, and undermining our first line of defenders. Only together, clear-eyed and determined, can we defeat this foe.