The anti-terrorism advocate whose father was killed by FALN terrorists in the 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing says President Barack Obama is wrongly trying to separate Muslims from terrorism.
"You just can't do it. That's what we're faced with," Joe Connor said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"[It's] Muslim extremist terrorism whether Obama wants to parse words or try to apologize or not. How can we defeat an enemy if you can't identify them?"
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Connor is personally well-versed in the horrors of terrorism. In January 1975, his father Frank Connor was died in an explosion which the F.A.L.N. — the Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation — took credit for.
Oscar Lopez-Rivera, who headed the group, was never prosecuted in the bombing, although he is now behind bars for seditious conspiracy, force to commit robbery and other crimes.
Joe Connor is weary of the Obama administration not calling a terrorist a terrorist.
"When I heard Obama say last night [during his speech about fighting ISIS], 'well, the reason that they're not Islamic is because they're killing other Muslims.' That doesn't even make sense," he said.
"They'll kill anybody who they feel is in their way. End of story."
Connor said a full blown military effort is necessary to stop ISIS — which has been slaughtering Christians throughout Iraq and recently beheaded two American journalists.
"We need to annihilate and it can't be small surgical strikes either. If we're going to use air power, the B52 should be rolling in there," he said.
Aside from the F.A.L.N. blast that killed his dad, Connor was personally rocked by terrorism again on Sept. 11th, 2001, when he realized his brother worked in one of the Twin Towers, not far from where he was working.
"I saw the planes hit and the buildings explode. Immediately my background told me it was terrorism. It was a crystal clear, beautiful day. It really couldn't have been anything else," he said.
"It turns out he was right above the blast and I left him a voice mail. I finally got my brother on the phone when the second plane hit and I was on the phone with Tom … and he's like, let's get out of here, let's meet at Wendy's on Water Street and I said, OK…."
"Some people left the building, some people didn't, and there's pandemonium in the streets…. Finally I found it and I found my brother and a woman who I worked with and it was one of the most horrific days."
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