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Letter: The dire threat of terrorism

The United States, Turkey and Indonesia recently experienced firsthand the increasingly violent world in which we live. There is a lot of debate on the causes or precursors of the violence in Orlando: homophobia, guns, domestic abuse and mental i...

The United States, Turkey and Indonesia recently experienced firsthand the increasingly violent world in which we live. There is a lot of debate on the causes or precursors of the violence in Orlando: homophobia, guns, domestic abuse and mental instability. All of these issues likely played a part. But many people, including our president, fail to recognize or they deny the dire threat that Islamic extremism is to the entire world. It was indeed the strongest factor that motivated the Orlando killings, in my opinion.

We must face the fact that we have enemies both inside and outside of our country who are determined to destroy us. It is time to stop denying the truth and accusing each other of intolerance and hatred. We must recognize who the vast majority of terrorists are-radicalized Islamists. The U.S. also desperately needs to develop effective, long-term strategies to combat and prevent terrorist acts. We will not accomplish this if we won't truthfully and clearly identify who and what ideology is attacking us. The importance of this issue goes way beyond partisan politics and political correctness.

Most of us abhor war. But we do not have much choice when terrorists continue to wage "holy war" against us. Efforts to be kind, tolerant or reasonable toward those who threaten to destroy us is a strategy that does not work. It is time to get tougher and wiser, America! Our precious democracy and freedoms are worth fighting for!

Shelley Hedlund

Willmar

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