Republicans and Democratic presidential candidate hopefuls responded to the recent terror attacks in Brussels and their comments could not have been more sharply contrasted. GOP contenders are actively critiquing President Obama’s weak national security policies and advocating for stronger procedures in questioning perpetrators and closing off the American borders, while the Democrats are warning against “advocating torture or bigotry”.
Republican hopeful Ted Cruz is calling for “law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized”. In regards to the war against terrorism within our country, says Ted: “Radical Islam is at war with us. For over seven years we have had a president who refuses to acknowledge this reality. And the truth is, we can never hope to defeat this evil so long as we refuse to even name it.”
Trump, the GOP party front runner was the first presidential hopeful candidate to openly respond to the attacks. He sent out several tweets and appeared on various news shows promoting an anti-immigration policy and endorsement of the use of various forms of torture to get information from alleged terrorists. As he said on NBC’s Today Show: “If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than water boarding. You have to get the information from people.” He also spoke on Brussels having “unregulated borders” and called them a mess.
Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton gave more of a pep talk than taking a stand against radical terrorism. Says Clinton: “Today, Americans stand in solidarity with our European allies. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded, and all the people of Belgium. These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our alliance and our way of life, but they will never succeed. Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”
Says Democratic runner Bernie Sanders in response to the attacks: “We offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this barbaric attack and to the people of Brussels who were the target of another cowardly attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. Today’s attack is a brutal reminder that the international community must come together to destroy Isis. This type of barbarism cannot be allowed to continue.”
The real question is, who will really stand tall against terrorism and radicalized enemies that seek to destroy us? Is the answer in standing tall and proud as a country, or actually taking action to prevent and counteract these sorts of attacks, both on and off American soil?