The gang that couldn't shoot straight
Yes, he tweeted that, and yes, President Hussein Obama went to the State Department on Thursday to talk about 'violent extremism
.' And he actually mentioned Islam.
In Iraq and Syria, our coalition of some 60 nations, including Arab
nations, will not relent in our mission to degrade and ultimately
destroy ISIL. And as a result of a separate ministerial here yesterday,
many of our governments will be deepening our cooperation against
foreign terrorist fighters by sharing more information and making it
harder for fighters to travel to and from Syria and Iraq.
Related to this, and as I said at the United Nations last fall,
nations need to break the cycles of conflict -- especially sectarian
conflict -- that have become magnets for violent extremism. In Syria,
Assad’s war against his own people and deliberate stoking of sectarian
tensions helped to fuel the rise of ISIL. And in Iraq, with the failure
of the previous government to govern in an inclusive manner, it helped
to pave the way for ISIL’s gains there.
The Syrian civil war will only end when there is an inclusive
political transition and a government that serves Syrians of all
ethnicities and religions. And across the region, the terror campaigns
between Sunnis and Shia will only end when major powers address their
differences through dialogue, and not through proxy wars. So countering
violent extremism begins with political, civic and religious leaders
rejecting sectarian strife.
Second, we have to confront the warped ideologies espoused by
terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL, especially their attempt to use Islam
to justify their violence. I discussed this at length yesterday.
These terrorists are desperate for legitimacy. And all of us have a
responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow
represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorist
At the same time, we must acknowledge that groups like al Qaeda and
ISIL are deliberately targeting their propaganda to Muslim communities,
particularly Muslim youth. And Muslim communities, including scholars
and clerics, therefore have a responsibility to push back, not just on
twisted interpretations of Islam, but also on the lie that we are
somehow engaged in a clash of civilizations; that America and the West
are somehow at war with Islam or seek to suppress Muslims; or that we
are the cause of every ill in the Middle East.
That narrative sometimes extends far beyond terrorist organizations.
That narrative becomes the foundation upon which terrorists build their
ideology and by which they try to justify their violence. And that
hurts all of us, including Islam, and especially Muslims, who are the
ones most likely to be killed.
But Obama doesn't get that this is a threat to the West. He thinks it's only a threat to Muslims. He's totally unwilling to act against it. And ignoring the fact that it has been shown time and time again that terrorists come from all economic classes, he's trying to convince us that if only they could take constant luxury vacations like he and Mooch do, these Muslims wouldn't be terrorists anymore.
Third, we must address the grievances that terrorists exploit,
including economic grievances. As I said yesterday, poverty alone does
not cause a person to become a terrorist, any more than poverty alone
causes someone to become a criminal. There are millions, billions of
people who are poor and are law-abiding and peaceful and tolerant, and
are trying to advance their lives and the opportunities for their
But when people -- especially young people -- feel entirely trapped
in impoverished communities, where there is no order and no path for
advancement, where there are no educational opportunities, where there
are no ways to support families, and no escape from injustice and the
humiliations of corruption -- that feeds instability and disorder, and
makes those communities ripe for extremist recruitment. And we have
seen that across the Middle East and we've seen it across North Africa.
So if we’re serious about countering violent extremism, we have to get
serious about confronting these economic grievances.
It's therefore not surprising to hear Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson come out with a statement like this
We in the administration and the government should give voice to the
plight of Muslims living in this country and the discrimination that
they face. And so I personally have committed to speak out about the
situation that very often people in the Muslim community in this country
face. The fact that there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world and the
Islamic faith is one about peace and brotherhood.
And you wonder why Obama wants to let Iran have nuclear weapons? What could go wrong?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Department of Homeland Security, Iranian nuclear threat, Islamic terrorism, pandering to Muslims