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When a phobia is rational

Alicia Colon

By Alicia Colon

Published Oct. 13, 2015

When a phobia is rational

According to some dictionaries, a phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it. The three most frequently mentioned phobias in current events are, homophobia, Islamaphobia and xenophobia. In my opinion only one, homophobia, is mislabeled. It is irrational, however, to ignore the threats posed by Islamic jihadists and illegal immigration because left wing punditry and multicultural advocates dub our fears as phobias. All one has to do to raise one's blood pressure is to Google the list of Islamist terrorist attacks since 1980 and also the criminal charges against illegal, oops, undocumented immigrants.

In the 1980's there were 15 global attacks by Islamic Jihadists. There were 33 in the 1990's and 150 from 2000 to 2009. From 2010-2014 there were 102 and 62 so far in 2015 alone. The most deadly, of course was on September 11, 2001 in my hometown that took the lives of 2, 977 innocent human beings. Before 9/11, the total of attacks was 58 and after 9/11 that number has grow to 304. This of course, does not include the number of potential attacks that were thwarted through the diligence of law enforcement agencies here and abroad.

This is what I find so hard to understand. In spite of the clear and credible threats to our national security by a confirmed jihadist community, we seem to have bent over backwards so as not to offend all Muslims. The aggrieved have a very powerful public relations machine filing lawsuits left and right about any possible insensitive action to any Muslim. The smell of bacon, patriotic t-shirts or flags have led to lawsuits demanding removal of the offenses so as not to offend Muslims. What a load of crap. How did we become such a mealy-mouth, Chicken Little nation?

This powerful PR group is C.A.I.R. (Council of America-Islamic Relations) and in 2007, was named, along with 245 others, by U.S. Federal prosecutors in a list of unindicted co-conspirators and or/joint venturers in a Hamas funding case involving the Holy Land Foundation. It allegedly has also been listed as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates. Its spokespersons appear frequently in the mainstream media charging any criticism as Islamaphobic and spreading the canard that Islam is a peaceful religion despite the overwhelming evidence that it is not.

The kind of hate mail I received after protesting New York City's plan to open an Arab school was on the level of the language that got MSNBC's Martin Bashir ousted after disgusting comments he made about Sarah Palin. I've also never forgotten the exuberant celebration that broke out in the Middle East for the 9/11 attack. Posters in the U.K. advertising a Muslim conference depicted the Towers burning as a wonderful event for Islam.

I have always supported George W. Bush as a president but I blame him for saying we should not blame all Muslims for the 9/11 attacks. Consequently we did not see very many incidents where New Yorkers took out their outrage on their Muslim neighbors. We did not hurl them into detainment camps as we did Japanese and German citizens in World War II. Back then, we knew who our enemy and their supporters were. I would be more inclined to agree with Bush's advice if more outrage of the attacks came from the Muslim community. Their outrage came out instead as this, "The attacks were terrible but....." In other words, we deserved it.

That judgment squared with the left wing media's agenda of anti-Americanism and their pundits and the bleeding hearts did everything possible to bolster the image of Muslims as victims of American imperialism. This made it possible in spite of all odds to elect a president with the middle name Hussein, who was raised by communists and Muslims who sealed his education records so we'll never ever know who he really is.

Please don't bother emailing me of the terrible vengeful attacks we made on our innocent neighbors. Most were on the level of," Go back where you came from, etc." Attacks on some mosques were discovered to be from Muslims to generate sympathy. They may have persuaded CNN and MSNBC reporters but most were bogus. Thus we have the proliferation of charges of Islamaphobia which in my opinion is a very valid and reasonable fear.

As for xenophobia it's---
an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.

It is not unreasonable, given all the criminal activity perpetrated by illegal immigrants on a daily basis. Illegals that have invaded our country supported by our own Department of National 'Insecurity' are the reason that Donald Trump is garnering so much support with Americans who can see with their own eyes the damage they've caused. The radical Marxist group La Raza is behind all those Hispanic protests demanding removal of American flags and hoisting up Mexican flags in schools. Multiculturalism has turned us into blithering fools. Now mass immigrants have invaded Europe under the guise of refugees from Syria and the blind Euros ignore the facts that most are able-bodied young males not women and children.

While crimes by illegals are not as numerous as Jihadists, they certainly were preventable since many criminals had been deported and returned to a very porous border. One would think that our government would have doubled border security to prevent radicals from attempting another 9/11 attack but no. Visas are still being issued for travelers from terror spots around the globe and Isis radicals have admitted they have arrived here via Mexico. Ho-hum, our President says and says he has ordered the U.S. to accept 10,000 Syrian 'refugees'.

How does one handle faux phobias in this terror stricken century especially those that have been thrust upon us by the mainstream media and liberal lapdogs? I decided to consult a highly respected psychiatrist who happens to be one of the authors of a fascinating thriller, 'American Jackal'. This novel has a conservative psychiatrist as the hero protagonist battling bureaucracy and corruption in the medical and government institutions.

Dr. Francis Bandettini responded to my query with, "I always advise my patients to face their fears to the best of their abilities. It empowers them. An extreme example is the 3 brave Americans on that French train. Did they face their fear? I would say so."

When we are called racists and bigots whenever we acknowledge our real enemies, let's take comfort in the fact that we are not the ones with our heads in the sand. We are empowered with the truth and that is a good thing.

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