Once again the United States is shocked by a vile act of terrorism. A radical, Islamic terrorist murdered eight Americans, while harming many more.
President Trump was quick to condemn the attack, calling for stronger measures to end this near-universal threat. Already he is pushing for stronger vetting and policy that will make it more difficult for terrorists to enter our country.
Trump has always been willing to acknowledge such attacks as “radical Islamic terror.” And that they are. But there comes a time when we need acknowledge what these kinds of attacks really are. And what’s behind them.
From Red State:
All of these acts have something in common. They are acts of evil, yet we refuse many times to call it such.
Oh, sure, we use fancy terms like “terrorism” or “senseless murder,” but the reality of the situation is that the acts that lead to these events are all inherently evil. There is nothing that justifies the murder of innocent lives for the sake of a religious or political agenda.
Yesterday’s attack in Manhattan was an act of Islamist terror. The suspect left a note giving credit to ISIS. He shouted “Allahu Ackbar” upon getting out of his vehicle. We see these attacks on our own soil, across Europe, and in the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere. These people belong not to a religion, but to a death-worshiping cult. Extremist Islamism is a perversion of the Islamic faith.
But, it is people who conflate the two, who say that we can’t in any way tie it to Islam or else we’ll just make more of these terrorists, who do the most damage. They refuse to call evil what it is. They refuse to acknowledge the evil, death-worshiping cult for what it is, and in doing so, they muddy the waters where clear objectives should be seen…
Acknowledging that this evil exists doesn’t automatically make the evil go away. What it does do, however, is open our minds to the possibility that some people and some ideas are completely unacceptable.
Many of our readers will remember President Reagan and his strong words against the Soviet Union. He acknowledge the great crimes that Communist country committed over the years, calling it the Evil Empire. He understood that such words were needed to acknowledge and confront the incredible acts of death and oppression being perpetrated by the Soviets.
For decades the Soviets murdered their own people. Today, we face a greater threat, by people who wish to murder many more.
Thankfully, a President like Donald Trump doesn’t shy away from the right kind of rhetoric when confronting threats to America. He’s called out North Korea for their aggressive and evil practices. He regularly confronts radical, Islamic terror–even calling it evil before Muslim leaders when he spoke in the Middle East.
The rest of our country needs to share that kind of sentiment. While liberal pundits and professors wonder at why someone would commit acts of terror, they accomplish nothing. But brave men and women in law enforcement, the White House, and military know what true evil is. They will not stop in fighting it wherever it rears its ugly head.
Source: Red State