The Obama administration has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for refusing to use the phrase “Islamic extremism.” On Wednesday the president spoke at the White House’s summit on violent extremism. He again contended that “no religion is responsible for terrorism,” and that “people are responsible for violence and terrorism.” A spin on the guns don’t shoot people, people shoot people mantra.
The New York Post has taken the president to task on his stand reports The Blaze on Thursday. The Post published a blunt, straightforward front page which targets President Barack Obama over his recent refusal to acknowledge the role Islam plays in fueling violent extremism around the world. First posted on the Drudge Report, Obama is featured with a blindfold across his face with the caption “Islamic terror? I just don’t see it.”
Thursday USA Today reminds us that the White House consistently downplays, if not outright ignores, the religious dimension of the war on terrorism. Obama apparently believes that any mention of Islam in the context of terrorism will reinforce negative views of the United States abroad, and supposed American prejudices against Muslims. However, to avoid the religious dimension of the struggle against violent extremism is a mistake. The White House may not like it, but for the jihadists, this conflict is all about Islam.
This president has, from the beginning, run interference for everything Islam. From trying to convince Americans that Islam is a religion of peace to not being able to speak the words “Islamic” and “terrorism” together in the same sentence. And according to him, Muslims pretty much built America.
USA Today also points out how Obama consistently downplays the religious aspect of a terrorist attacks against Christians. He callously referred to the terrorist shooting of French Jews by stating the perpetrator “randomly (shot) a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” Regarding the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, Obama referred to them only as “Egyptian citizens” ignoring the fact that the ISIL video showing the atrocity was entitled, “A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross.”
Obama argued Wednesday that the US should not “grant these terrorists the religious legitimacy that they seek.” He sad, “They are not religious leaders, they’re terrorists. And we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam,” reports Business Insider.
A while back the Columbus Dispatch suggested if we put aside Barack Obama’s rhetoric, and instead look exclusively at his documented record over a period of decades, the most striking thing about that record is the long string of his mentors and allies who were marked by hatred of the United States. What many regard as a failure of Obama’s foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, may well be one of his biggest successes. His desire to redistribute wealth domestically is part of a larger ideological vision that includes a redistribution of power internationally. His policies suggest that Islamic countries need a larger role. This explains a lot.