It clear that one of the biggest failures of the Obama presidency has been the fight against radical, Islamic terrorism.
In 2009, we were enjoying a relative peace. After 9/11, our government had fought a vigilant, albeit difficult, fight against radical Islamic terrorists around the world. Numerous attempts were made to repeat the bloodshed, but we and our allies were able to thwart them.
Fast forward to today and we are experiencing some of the worst acts of terror in recent history. It seems a month doesn’t go by when we hear about horrible violence and death from around the world. This summer alone has brought unprecedented terror acts in Europe and the United States.
You can clearly put the blame on politically correct leaders in the EU and our own President, who had rolled back on many of the stances that kept terrorism in place. Perhaps the oddest stance he takes is his refusal to call the work of al Qaeda and ISIS, radical Islamic terrorism.
Even as he bows out of the White House, he’s holding to this erroneous position.
During Wednesday’s Presidential Town Hall on CNN, President Obama was asked by Gold Star mother Tina Houchins why he doesn’t use the term “Islamic terrorist,” which Obama stated was a “sort of manufactured” issue before outlining the reasons why he doesn’t use the term.
Houchins asked, “As a Gold Star mother, my son gave his life for acts of terrorism. Do you still believe that the acts of terrorism are done with a self-proclaimed Islamic religious motives? And if you do, why do you refuse to use the term racially — I’m sorry, ‘Islamic terrorist?’”…
Obama responded, after thanking Houchins for her son’s service and praising Gold Star parents, “[T]he truth of the matter is is that this is an issue that has been sort of manufactured… There’s no religious rationale that would justify in any way any of the things that they do.
Except the sad reality is there are religious rationales for the acts of ISIS and other terrorists groups. When Obama spews out this kind of rhetoric, he is willfully ignoring the fact that many Muslims around the world have the same hatred toward the West that these terrorists do. Many of them celebrate whenever America or our allies suffer at the hands of radical Islamic terrorism.
The idea of jihad is hard-wired into their religion. There may be progressive Muslims who balk at the idea, but the vast majority of Muslims in the world would agree. They consider the West to be immoral–because of our stance for freedom of religion and women’s rights. They consider us evil because of our faith in Yahweh or Jesus.
That alone is enough for them to wage war on us.
Obama went on to defend his flawed stance, by comparing these radical Muslims to Christians.
He continued, “I don’t want to — if you had a — an organization that was going around killing and blowing people up, and said, we’re on the vanguard of Christianity, well, I’m not going — as a Christian, I’m not going to let them claim my religion and say you’re killing for Christ. I would say that’s ridiculous. That’s not what my religion stands for. Call these folks what they are, which is killers and terrorists.”
You see how he was able to shift the conversation away from the real topic: radical Islamic terrorists? Instead he’s trying to turn it into a culture war, pitting American Christians against their neighbors.
The fact remains that we are at war with radical Islam. Acknowledging it as the motivation for our enemies is necessary. It enables us to identify would-be lone wolf attackers. It enables us to understand the motives and tactics of our enemies. And it helps the morale of every freedom-loving American, be they Christian, Jew, or Muslim.
But Obama maintains a false stance, protected by flawed logic.