On September 1, 2004, Islamic terrorists attacked a school in Beslan, Russia, killing more than 385 children, teachers, parents and special forces soldiers. U.S. Navy SEAL veteran Dom Raso says our schools lack the necessary security to prevent such an attack on our soil.
What's the most important thing in the world to you?
If it's your health, your money, or your possessions, you're probably not a parent.
Because for every parent, there is only one answer: It's your kids.
Nothing else matters.
In order for you to fully understand the threat I'm about to discuss, you have to be able to see yourself the way the enemy does.
For ISIS terrorists, and the lone wolves they inspire, nothing is off limits; and nothing is too far.
President Obama wants you to believe otherwise. He talks about "universal values we all share," as if Islamic terrorists are just like us.
Here's some insight into what they value. The San Bernardino killers abandoned their baby daughter when they went on their suicide mission. And let me say that again: They chose to orphan their baby daughter so they could murder innocent people.
Make no mistake: These people are ready and willing to murder our children. The fact that that is a controversial statement proves how unprepared and how unwilling we are to face the threat that is truly out there.
Every person, place or thing that holds any value to any society not governed by sharia law is a potential Islamic terror target. Some will deliver more of a psychological blow than others, that's why they chose the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. And it's why we should be seriously concerned about our schools.
Think like the enemy.
"Make no mistake: These people are ready and willing to murder our children."Dom Raso
If nothing matters to us more than our children, and if they are willing to commit any atrocity necessary to achieve their goals, then it's hard to imagine a single target that could inflict more devastation than a school.
Every morning we drop our kids off at schools that lack the security necessary to keep them safe. Almost all of them are government-mandated gun-free zones. The vast majority of the people there are children, incapable of defending against even the weakest attacker.
We've already seen it happen.
September 1, 2004. The first day of the school year in Beslan, Russia.
Soon after the bell sounded, a group of armed Islamic terrorists arrived in a police van and a military truck. They executed a coordinated operation on the school, immediately seizing over 1,100 hostages.
They rounded everybody up and took them to the gym, immediately identifying the fighting-age males, and killed all of them but one with explosives and automatic rifles.
Everything was planned in advance. They set up improvised explosive devices and tripwires throughout the entire school. They smashed out the windows to counter any possible gas attack.
For three days, they held the children and their teachers against the entire Russian Army and special forces.
When it was all over, more than 385 people—including children and teachers, parents and special operations forces—were killed.
I wish we lived in a world where we all shared the same values.
But that world doesn't exist, and it never will.
We refuse to protect our children because we don't want to believe such evil could ever happen to them. So we just ignore it, do nothing and hope it doesn't happen to us.
I hate to tell you, but that's not a solution. Your children deserve better. All children deserve better.
So here's what parents can do. Protest the dangerous lie of gun-free zones. Question your school—and your child's school—security standards and policies Demand that they make protecting your child their top priority. Keep calling until they fix anything that puts your child in danger. And hold those in charge accountable for it.
There is so much that can be done on a local level just by talking action. But our federal government has a huge impact; and a national security policy that refuses to even say the words "radical Islamic terror" projects a truly frightening level of weakness to the world.
It's time we demand leadership that confronts threats head-on. Demand leadership that announces to our enemies that if they kill an American child, we will wipe them off the face of the earth.
We value nothing more than our children. And it's time we start acting like it.