USA terror alert – this is not a test
USA terror alert – this is not a test

The State Department and the other US security agencies are telling us to be afraid. Not quite like that, but they’ve issued a dire “travel warning” and “terror alert.”

They overheard “chatter.” Obviously in Arabic and it wasn’t Happy Thanksgiving. Paris wasn’t enough. They want New York, again, though no place is safe.

This is the real deal. Should we be worried? Yes and no.

At a time when our president scoffs at Republicans and makes Jews and Christians feel like second-class citizens, it’s comforting to know that our national security officers (FBI, CIA) care for all of us equally. It is gratifying to know that somebody likes us and means to protect us from the barbarians who keep storming our borders.

That’s a relief, if only we knew exactly what to do about these warnings.

In Israel they don’t need “terror warnings” because the terror is with them every moment of every day.

If I’m being Islamophobic, very well, they made us that way. They made Brussels that way. The capital is on total lockdown because Islam came to town.  

Leaders who can’t see the real threat to us even when it stares them in the face – they are to be feared more than all the rest.
Over here, such warnings from US intelligence are always measured on the official “afraid scale.”

The scoring goes from simply afraid, to very afraid, to terribly afraid.

This time it’s terribly afraid, I’m afraid, which is close to “run for the hills.”

But despite all that they are telling us to go about our lives and whoop it up as we normally would. 

But not quite. They caution us to “avoid mixing in crowds.”

Yet everything’s a crowd – football, shopping, dining, praying, traveling, Broadway, movies…

So as it’s impossible to stay home and bolt the doors (think Paris), we are told to be “vigilant,” but they don’t tell us what this means.

How vigilant? Very vigilant or terribly vigilant?

Vigilant against whom? Who’s coming? The Chinese? The British again? No, Islamic terrorists. Radical Islam. That’s who’s coming.

But the State Department will not spell this out, since that department is owned and operated by Mr. Obama who lawyers for “the religion of peace.”

This means that we are to be suspicious and afraid of EVERYBODY.

According to that baloney, Grandma from Toledo who brings her needlepoint on the bus is as dangerous as the man shouting Allah Akbar.

Either one could be ISIS and it’s one hell of a world when al-Qaeda and Hamas and Hezbollah are now “moderate” Islam. 

At the same time, we are told…yes we are told NOT to be afraid “otherwise they win and we lose.”

I say that all things considered we’ve already lost and they’ve already won.

Above all, it’s our political leaders, worldwide, who miss the whole point.

It’s immigration jihad, silly. That’s the crisis of the moment. Instead of warding them off, we keep bringing them in.

Hollande and Merkel raise European alarms about Islamic terrorism, but keep insisting that they’ll keep welcoming the migrants, although less enthusiastically than before – migrants who may or not be terrorists, but surely anti-Semites, as I warned earlier in this column and in this book.

Obama is still enthusiastic about swarming the United States with people we don’t know. Canada is slowing down the process of the Syrian “refugees.”

But it should not be Paris and only Paris that has us frightened and on edge. Islamic terrorism does not always come with a big bang.

Israel is proof that Islamic terrorism also works its evil one day at a time, one deadly stabbing at a time.

Leaders who can’t see the real threat to us even when it stares them in the face – they are to be feared more than all the rest.

New York-based bestselling novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the international classic “Indecent Proposal” now followed by the clash of civilizations newsroom thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” Engelhard is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: