Connect the Dots


Let me ask you a question…

Do you remember those childhood kids’ magazines where you connected the dots to make a picture? Maybe you were sick and mom brought them to you for a little fun-you know – to distract you from a runny nose, the flu, measles, or mumps. Even the doctor or dentist’s office stocked them to keep you from thinking about that booster shot.

Remember? Connect the dots.

You took out your pencil and as you slowly drew – a bear or a whale, or even an airplane would magically appear on the page. You felt like an artist making a great work of art. And, when we got a little older, connecting the dots meant something entirely different.

Learning to connect the dots meant seeing relationships between seemingly random events. Science or math class made sense when you could find the missing pieces or solve for X.

“X” still eludes me in math, but when it comes to the encroaching shadow of international terror and the spread of anti-Western voices, the dots connect pretty well. You can connect them too – if you just pay attention.

Paris found out the hard way in 2005. When riots broke out in the city, news reports blamed the “civil disturbances” on “unemployed, disadvantaged youth” “blowing off steam.” Only a few bold news agencies told you where the “youths” were from or what they believed. Did it matter? They were immigrants mostly from Northern Africa Muslim nations.

Connect the dots.

Last month, when a soldier in England was run over, then hacked to death and beheaded in the street, it took local law enforcement 20 minutes to arrive on the scene. Meanwhile, the “youth” who committed the crime not only were caught on camera, but brazenly approached the cameraman, bloody hands and knives in view.

Then they defended their actions – screaming about Muslims dying all over the world. CNN and other news outlets had their stories.  The press reported that the two of them were home-born British citizens. Interesting that they were radicalized Muslims, oh, yes, and British citizens!

Connect the dots.

When riots broke out in Sweden last month, news reports blamed the disturbances on “disadvantaged youth, blowing off steam.” Funny that the “youth” were from Northern African Islamic nations.

Connect the dots.

More recently, the streets exploded in Turkey, a Muslim nation where, according to CNN, about half the nation supports the current democratically elected government.  Turkey has longtime alignments to the West. The nation has tolerated other faiths for generations.

This government, however, is moving towards a more radical foreign policy. Just ask Israel.

How could something that happened in France relate to something happening in Sweden? Or in England? Or in Turkey? Is there any connective tissue threading these events together?

Are the disturbances the past few years random? Or are they connected in some way?

Connect the dots.

I want to believe they are not connected. I’d like to believe in the tooth fairy too. Or Santa Claus. But I can’t.

Radical Islam is here. It is in France. It is in England. It is in Turkey and it is in Sweden, longtime a tolerant defender of the disadvantaged.

I wonder what the Swedes are thinking. I wonder what England is thinking, or what France is thinking.

What do you think? Leave me a comment and tell me how it makes you feel.  I read all comments.

Connect the dots.


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