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April 24, 2013 - 8:11 am
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America’s top diplomat gets so many things wrong here that it’s hard to know where to start. He’s in Brussels, and during a press conference the subject of radicalization came up. Secretary of State John Kerry gets out in front of the facts.

The question from the reporter, according to a transcript provided by the State Department, was, “Sir, with the problem we have that young people go to Syria (inaudible), does that matter also to the U.S., do you have the same problem?”

“Well, of course we have the same problem. We just had a young person who went to Russia, Chechnya, who blew people up in Boston. So he didn’t stay where he went, but he learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people,” said Kerry.

That is suspected, but not yet proven. Jihadists don’t necessarily have to travel the world to become jihadists, not when the Internet can bring bin Laden and Awlaki back from the dead to exhort them to kill. There’s still the matter of where the Boston bombers learned to build their bombs, which could also have happened on the Internet or in Chechnya or someplace else. We just don’t know yet.

From there, Kerry goes off into an odd, one-world riff.

I think the world has had enough of people who have no belief system, no policy for jobs, no policy for education, no policy for rule of law, but who just want to kill people because they don’t like what they see. There’s not room for that. That’s what we’ve been fighting against after all of the wars of the 20th century. Now we’re in the 21st century, and it’s time for a different organizational principle. And we need to, all of us, do a better job of communicating to people what the options of life are. And we’re open. Democracies are open to people participating in the democracy, not killing people. And so I hope that we can all figure out how we translate these better opportunities more effectively in our politics.

People having “no belief system” isn’t the problem. It’s what they do believe that becomes the problem. Osama bin Laden and Pol Pot both had strong and easily identifiable belief systems. They were also mass killers. Hitler, Mao, Mussolini, Stalin…they all had belief systems. The Iranian mullahs, Hizballah, Hamas…they all have belief systems. Whatever Kerry is trying to say there, he isn’t making a lick of sense. None of those people or the Tsarnaevs kill just “because they don’t like what they see.” They kill, at least in part, as a means to bring about the kind of change that they do believe in.

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Well if nothingness was the cause of the Tsarnaevs' violent rampage that takes Islam off the hook.

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I can honestly say I, too, have no policy for jobs, no policy for education, and no policy for rule of law.

I guess that makes me just as guilty as the terrorists. And why not? Can any of us really say that we haven't "terrorized" someone in our lives? And even though we may not be terrorists ourselves, can we say the same about our culture, our civilization, our church, our schools, our political parties, our cars, our pets, our groceries, our lawns? When you stop and think about it, isn't everyone and everything complicit in terror?

So we can't really blame this young man from Chechnya for his actions. WE ALL DETONATED THOSE BOMBS IN BOSTON!

Don't know about you, but I'm feeling mighty ashamed of myself right now...

/SARC
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>>wow does it get any dumber<<

Yes, Chuck Hagel is his name.
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There has been much bloodshed because of the belief systems of various religious groups...including Christianity.
1 year ago
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The Swift boat guys certainly had a strong belief system and Kerry is rapidly showing what they said should have been taken more seriously.
1 year ago
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Perfect example of who runs this country right now. The "leadership" of the cannot bring themselves to disobey the thought/speech police of their ideology, not even to express the obvious reality of a terrorist bombing. Instead they make gigantic fools of themselves (and us), sputtering complete nonsense with the entire world watching. But keep watching. A couple months from now, these same people will-- again --be claiming that the BELIEF SYSTEMS of CHRISTIANS AND JEWS are the real sources of violence.

They don't even bother trying to make sense anymore. Apparently the majority of voters really are this stupid.
1 year ago
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John Kerry has a well-established "belief" system"
- He believes that it's ok to sell out your comrades in arms.
- He believes in marrying rich, ugly widows
- He believes in parking his multimillion dollar yacht in another state to dodge taxes
- He believes that a stupid accent makes him sound like a Kennedy
1 year ago
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Put simply, Kerry is an idiot and a danger to the public good. 'Trust Zero to appoint someone as breathtakingly stupid as Kerry to the position of Secretary of State.

He looks like the grumpy old men Muppets. At least they have an excuse.
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Was going to be snide with something like "Unfortunately Kerry cannot be removed from his job for the sheer idiocy on display..." but then again Kerry and Biden both make the O look less incompetent ewvery time they speak, a difficult task to do deliberately yet done with such natural talent by them both so to speak... Sooooo "mission accomplished" Mr. Kerry...
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The Boston Terrorists did have a "belief system". Unfortunately their belief system encourages violence against those who don't agree with their belief system. Visit your public library, check out a copy of the Koran and see for yourself what they believe in.
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"He believes that the ruling "elite" can dodge taxes on yachts."

In all fairness, I don't think he is unique in that regard. I used to go to Boston on business from time to time about 20 years ago. As I drove around, I was surprised to see so many cars with out-of-state plates, especially New Hampshire and Vermont but others as well. The numbers seemed higher than could be justified by people merely passing through. And lots of these cars were in company parking lots during the day, as if their owners were working at those places.

I asked a local and was told that LOTS of Massachusetts residents registered their cars in neighboring states were the fees were substantially lower.

I realize that a car and a yacht are different vehicles and are priced differently but I'd say that Kerry just applied the same tactic that he saw all around him and applied it to his boat.
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"It’s not the lack of jobs or education policies that cause terrorism...."

Actually, I strongly suspect that educations policies DO cause terrorism. If you indoctrinate young people with books like Howard Zinn's "A Peoples' History of the United States" and the works of Noam Chomsky, you can't help but legitimize terrorism. Zinn was a longtime Communist and Chomsky hasn't had a good thing to say about America since his childhood, if then. They both relentlessly attacked America and all the old virtues it held. How then can any rational person believe that such brainwashing won't have a negative effect on young people?

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Liberalism truly is a brain disorder
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