Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Homeland Security & Paris Terror Attacks

Winter 2015

A message from COL Carl Singer, JWV The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America strongly supports both Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense initiatives aimed at securing our homeland. As with most comprehensive programs, mandatory funding is necessary to assure that a long term vision and proper execution are not thwarted by year-to-year budget manipulation and political wrangling. Simply put, homeland security must stand above the political fray.Homeland Security Chairman

Since America’s rude awakening on September 11, 2001, Homeland Security has become a front burner topic. We all know that Homeland Security is vital, but what does this really mean and how should we respond?

As a nation, and as individuals, we must maintain our vigilance. When things are relatively quiet we tend to relax. When terrorists strike then we all reawaken to our new reality. Such is the case today as we digest the terrorist attacks which recently took place in France.

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America deplores the cowardly terrorist acts. These heinous attacks killed 12 people at the offices of “Charlie Hebdo,” a satirical magazine and 4 Jewish shoppers at a local kosher food store. These were the deadliest attacks in France in over fifty years. It must be noted that these attacks were not local in origin. According to French authorities, the funding and weaponry for these attacks originated from abroad. These are acts of well organized international terrorism.

We remember President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms:

         1 – Freedom of speech

         2 – Freedom of worship

         3 – Freedom from want

         4 – Freedom from fear

Our veterans have long fought battles to assure these freedoms.

  • An attack on a magazine will certainly not quell free speech. Neither will hacking – but we as individuals need to be aware that both physical and electronic threats exist.
  • The targeting of Jews is unfortunately an all too common occurrence. Those cowardly nations who refuse to recognize anti-Semitism and find lame excuses blaming Israel instead are to be condemned as bigots who aid and abet terrorism.
  • Vigilance is the positive response to fear. We must remain vigilant – not panicky – “if you see something – say something.” Be alert and notify appropriate authorities.

We stand with the people of the French Republic. Our veterans fought in World War II to secure their freedom. Now, as then, we face a common enemy. We shall prevail.

In a month or two the dead will be buried and memories will fade but we must still be vigilant. Today, homeland security is part and parcel of our daily lives. We must adjust accordingly.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is one of oldest active veterans’ organizations in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

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