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by Paul R. Hollrah, ©2014

Mt. Sinjar, where hundreds of Yazidi Iraqis have been trapped after fleeing for their lives from ISIS, is located in the northwest corner of Iraq. As many as 70 children were reported to have died of thirst after seeking refuge there with their families within the last three weeks.

(Aug. 16, 2014) — In the years following the close of the Revolutionary War, the United States and Great Britain found little agreement on issues of national importance.  There were ongoing disputes over trade, attacks on commercial shipping on the high seas… in which captured American seamen were forced to serve in the Royal Navy… as well as the provocation of American Indian tribes.  As a result, the U.S. Congress approved a declaration of war against Great Britain in June 1812.

On August 24, 1814, British troops occupied Washington, DC, setting fire to the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, and a number of other government buildings, and in September 1814 British forces in Canada invaded and occupied eastern Maine, along with portions of Michigan and Wisconsin.

With the exception of the shelling of an Ellwood, California oilfield by a Japanese submarine on February 23, 1942, the War of 1812 was the only instance in American history when forces of a foreign nation brought armed conflict to American soil… that is, until now.

Now, in the summer of 2014, in response to the open borders policies of Barack Obama, and in the face of the most horrific genocide taking place in Iraq… the kind of genocide we have not seen on this Earth since the Nazi holocaust of the 1930s and ‘40s, if then… we have no choice but to finally face reality.

The American people find their country invaded by hordes of minor children, drug dealers, and gang members from Mexico and Central America, and a host of troublemakers from Africa and the Middle East.  Instead of importing the best and the brightest from the rest of the world, American leftists find it politically expedient to import the poorest and the most uneducated who will come to understand, as they enjoy the generosity of the American taxpayer, that liberals and Democrats are their principal benefactors.  It is the most shameless and the most cynical political stratagem imaginable.

When all those impoverished indigents become registered voters, whether legally or illegally, and Arizona and Texas join the ranks of the blue states, Democrats will control 315 electoral votes, 45 more votes than are necessary to elect a president and a vice president.  In that event, the United States of America, as we’ve known it, will cease to exist.  No longer will we be the beacon of hope for all freedom-loving people; the “shining city on a hill” will be no more.

As it is, criminals from south of the border continue to cross our border, time and time again, after being deported.  They have no respect for the rule of law, so they murder, rape, and rob, indiscriminately, with no concern for their victims or for the law.  Prison life holds no fear for them because life behind bars is far preferable to the quality of life in their home countries.

Nor have recent administrations, Bush or Obama, taken the steps necessary to stem the growing tide of Islamists from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, nearly all of whom arrive by plane at ports of entry, overstay their visas, and disappear into Muslim enclaves.  Many have become American citizens and are free to travel between the U.S. and terrorist training camps in Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and elsewhere.  Within the past week, the FBI arrested a North Carolinian, 44-year-old Donald Ray Morgan, as he attempted to re-enter the U.S. from Lebanon, where it is believed he had attempted to cross into Syria or Iraq to join Islamic State forces.  Morgan has distributed videos of Islamic State beheadings and mass executions… including videos showing terrorists playing soccer with severed heads.  I shudder to think of how many such homegrown jihadists are already living among us?

In confronting these intractable problems we can no longer concern ourselves with what may be politically correct, or with manufactured rights and privileges that liberal judges may find in our Constitution that simply do not exist.

While our commander-in-chief flits around on Air Force One, hosting high-dollar fundraisers for Democrat candidates, the American people are forced to endure reports of entire populations of Iraqi Christians and members of the Yazidi sect being given the choice of death by the sword or death by starvation.  We see video reports of Iraqi soldiers being crucified, beheaded, shot to death, and buried in mass graves.  We see reports of non-Muslim women being wantonly raped and sold into slavery.  And we see reports of Christian children being captured and beheaded.

As these unspeakable atrocities take place just a twelve-hour flight from New York, we are forced to stand helplessly by while Obama plays golf and members of his administration squabble over what should be done to end the slaughter, if anything.

Eventually, a great many of the criminals who sneak across our southern border, and a great many Islamic jihadists, will end up in our American prison system.  When that time comes we cannot afford to imprison them in the same population with other prisoners… those who would be subject to recruitment into violent drug gangs or Islamic terror networks.  Because of the danger they represent, we cannot afford to house them in facilities such as the Thomson Correctional Center at Thomson, Illinois, which Barack Obama and Eric Holder have proposed as an alternative for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Because they are as dangerous as they are, and because, as terrorists, they are not entitled to the protections of the Geneva Convention, they may be held incommunicado for an indeterminate period of time.  Accordingly, we must find locations where detainees can be treated humanely, but where they would be of no danger to anyone in the event of a massive prison break.

The State of Alaska, the largest of our 50 states, contains more than 2,600 islands in the Aleutian chain, which stretches some 1,100 miles across the north Pacific, from the western tip of the Alaskan Peninsula, on the east, to Attu Island on the west.  The Aleutian chain contains 14 large islands, some 55 smaller islands, and more than 2500 islets.  Many of the islands are uninhabited and would provide the remoteness necessary to prevent detainees from ever again being a threat to Christians and other non-Muslims.

For example, the Rat Islands are a chain of islands that stretch some 110 miles in the Aleutian chain.  Kiska Island, one of the largest islands in the chain and uninhabited, was occupied by the Japanese during World War II.  However, when Allied forces arrived to liberate the island on August 15, 1943, they found the island completely abandoned.  The Japanese, apparently finding the climate of Kiska to be a bit harsh, abandoned the island just two weeks earlier, on July 28.

The weather on Kiska would be perfectly suited for warehousing Middle Eastern terrorists and Mexican criminals who’ve seen sunny skies every day of their lives, who’ve rarely seen days when the temperature dipped below 90 degrees F, and where there is little or no annual rainfall.  The average high temperature on Kiska in August is 55 degrees F and the average low temperature in January is 27 degrees F.  It rains five or six days each week, there are only eight to ten sunny days in any given year, and the island is often blanketed by a heavy fog.  It is the perfect venue for warehousing Mexican drug dealers and Islamic jihadists.

Amak Island, a part of the Delarof chain, is a large uninhabited island lying northwest of the Alaskan Peninsula.  The island’s land area is approximately 5.8 square miles.  The closest city is the town of Cold Bay (pop. 108) which has a small airport.  The average high temperature is 56 degrees F in August and the average low temperature in February is 24 degrees F.

Finally, Montague Island is the largest uninhabited island in the United States with a land area of 305.4 square miles.  It lies at the mouth of the Gulf of Alaska, the entrance to Prince William Sound, and is reachable only by boat from Seward, Alaska.

Any of these uninhabited islands would make an excellent location for a maximum security prison… a GITMO of the north… where we would not have to worry about prison breaks or prison conversions, either to Hispanic gangs, to drug cartels, or to Muslim terror networks.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans are either so naïve or so self-absorbed that they fail to follow national or international political developments, or they learn whatever they think they know from watching ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, or NBC.  Most of the regular citizens I know… otherwise good, decent, hardworking Americans… have succumbed to the propaganda themes put out by liberals and Democrats.  They tend to scoff at those of us who get our news from the Fox News network… the only reliable source of news among the mainstream and cable news networks.

While we attempt to minimize political discussions with our friends and neighbors, at times it is unavoidable.  During a recent dinner party, the conversation turned to the many scandals of the Obama administration.  And when one of our guests mentioned Lois Lerner and the IRS scandal, another neighbor, an educated man with a master’s degree in education, asked, “Who’s Lois Lerner?”  Sadly, by the time such people are finally forced to face reality, it may be too late for any of us.  The Islamic State animals will be here, in our neighborhoods, knocking on our doors, and we will be powerless to do anything about it.


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