This is the problem. How can we be both benevolent and vigilant? How can we be both merciful and suspicious? How can we be both compassionate to the Syrian people and be protective of our own innocent civilians?
On the heels of the horrible ISIS-led terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, ISIS tried to continue the chaos in an attack in Hannover, Germany. Thankfully the plot was foiled when local authorities discovered the ambulance packed full of explosives just hours before it was set to explode.
Now, just a few days later, more bad news from Honduras and Turkey.
In Honduras, authorities have arrested five Syrian men who were traveling to the United States using stolen Greek passports. The passports had been altered and the men had used them to travel to Honduras in their efforts to reach the United States.
“The suspects in Honduras were in police custody, and had flown to the country from Costa Rica, according to Reuters. They were trying to arrive in the U.S. by land, presumably by traveling through Mexico,” a police spokesman told Fox News.
Meanwhile in Turkey, 8 men have been arrested by the Turkish government under suspicion that they are ISIS terrorists who were attempting to mix in with the refugees traveling on to Europe.
Police sources said one of the suspects had a hand-drawn picture of a route from Turkey to Germany, via Greece, Serbia and Hungary.
It features exact details of how they should pick up smuggler boats and join refugees arriving on the Greek island of Kos before using trains and buses to travel across Europe before arriving in Germany where the map is rounded off with a little smiling stick man holding a flag.
Police fear the group are Islamic State militants planning to make their way to Germany posing as refugees.
It hardly seems as if ISIS is as “contained” as President Obama believes.
Turkey and Honduras weren’t the only countries attempting to arrest jihadists on Wednesday. In France the authorities continued their investigation into last week’s terrorists attacks leading them to conduct a series of raids throughout Paris. During the raids the police killed 2 terrorists and arrested 7 others:
French investigators believe the extremists in Saint Denis were planning an attack in a shopping mall in the main business district of the French capital.
The terror suspects were also plotting to attack the Charles de Gaulle airport.
Police sources claim the dawn raid in the northern Paris suburb was carried out as the group were about to commit “imminent attacks” on Paris’ main airport and the Mall of Quatre Temps as early as Thursday.
Two people, including a female suicide bomber, died after a gunfight with French police.
One suicide bomber blew herself up as armed officers raided the apartment while another suspect was killed with a grenade.
Seven other suspects have been arrested including three men from inside the flat, a man and woman hiding in rubble, and the man who rented it out as well as his female friend.
The female suicide bomber who died made a phone call shortly before blowing herself up, suggesting there was “potential contact with accomplices”.
In a testament to hard work and good fortune, the police were able to stop this terror cell before they were able to carry out their own attacks against the people of Paris. This cell had an attack planned on both the Charles de Gaulle airport and a busy shopping mall.
French media is also reporting that the mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was one of those killed in the raids.
Now that they’ve consolidated power in Iraq and Syria, ISIS seems to be shifting gears to a broader, international plan to wreak havoc around the world. While President Obama might believe that we’ve “contained” the evil Muslim criminals, the truth is quite a different story.