To the Editor:
There is no question that terrorism is alive and well. Events from around the world attest to that. We all know about the terror attack of our embassy in Benghazi, Libya. It was virtually unprotected.
There is evidence that prior to the attack, help in the form of additional security staff had been requested. In an area of such volatility, it is incomprehensible why no action was taken to provide the necessary protection.
French authorities arrested 12 Jihadists who were planning terrorist attacks in the country. Bomb making materials were found.
In Pakistan, a 14-year-old girl was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban. Her crime? Campaigning for girls’ right to education.
In Lebanon, Hezbollah claimed for sending a drone over Israel (it was shot down).
An embassy security aide was shot to death in Yemen.
A couple of days ago, a militant group with assistance from Syrian rebels attacked a missile base in northern Syria and removed missiles.
Just what the world needs — al-Qaida with advanced weapons.
In the meantime, Iran continues on its apparently unstoppable march toward becoming a nuclear power.
In my opinion, peace in the Middle East is just a dream, as is the hope for Israelis to co-exist peacefully with those that want to destroy their country.
The United States should understand that attempting to convert a Muslim country into a true democracy falls in the same category.
We should not let our guard down for an instant.
The United States of America is high on the terrorists’ hate list.
Pedro C. Santiago