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Blood of American Sri Lanka Easter Bombing Victims Cries Out for Vengeance

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on April 26, 2019 15:27

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ISIS's Easter terrorist atrocity in Sri Lanka reveals the failure of America's "Global War on Terrorism," declared after 9/11/2001. Instead of toothless State Department "condemnations," the US government must order swift and terrible punitive expeditions -- like President Reagan's 1986 Libyan bombing campaign or President Clinton's attack on Yugoslavia.

   

On Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019,  over 250 people were killed and some 500 wounded when multiple terrorist bombs ripped through five Sri Lankan churches and four international hotels, among other targets.

ISIS claimed credit for the attacks.

Among the dead were at least four American citizens: Wisconsin native Dieter Kowalski, an engineer with Pearson, Sidwell Friends 5th-grader Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa of Washington D.C., and Amalie and Daniel Linsey (claimed as British by UK newspapers).

The number of American wounded is apparently unknown at this time.

Disturbingly, there appears to be little appetite for American leaders to avenge the victims.

The U.S. State Department website does not contain a casualty list, Secretary Pompeo's boilerplate condemnation did not mention their names, nor did a White House press release.  

Yet the Easter attack on civilians in Sri Lanka was a battle in the global clash of civilizations which has been ongoing since 9/11.

Our American dead are testimony to official incompetence of staggering proportions, demonstrating that ISIS terrorists remain unafraid to kill Americans whether at church, work or on vacation.

In response, the U.S. government issues soothing pablum like Secretary Pompeo's condemnation (who would not condemn terrorism?), or a Level 2 "exercise caution" (1 is "normal," 4 "do not travel") travel advisory on April 21:

Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism. 

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Or "security alerts" on April 25 stating the obvious:

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka.

Or the banal:

Location: Colombo Event: Following the bombings on Sunday, April 21, Sri Lankan authorities continue to pursue leads related to the attacks. Be prepared for possible checkpoints, road closures, and ongoing searches of people, vehicles, and other items of interest. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public ...

Upgraded to "Level 3: Reconsider travel..." April 26.

If consequences were not so tragic, such bureaucratic CYA might seem comically ironic.

However, the carnage of Colombo's Easter attack reveals America still does not have a strategy to win the "Global War on Terrorism" declared after 9/11/2001.

Instead of toothless "condemnations," the US government must order swift and terrible punitive expeditions -- like President Reagan's 1986 Libyan bombing campaign or President Clinton's bombing of Yugoslavia.

Rather than issue travel warnings to Americans, the State Department must warn terrorists and those who harbor them that the United States will no longer tolerate any attacks on US citizens -- wherever they may be.

Empty promises of "justice" only weaken our nation and sap our morale.

America must avenge the spilled blood of our citizens to demonstrate our resolve.

Let ISIS issue "travel warnings" and "security alerts" instead of the US State Department.

 

 

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on April 26, 2019 15:27

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