The Consequences of Not Calling Islamic Terrorism What It is

Friday, February 13th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy

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It’s well known by now that President Obama and his White House refuse to call Islamic terrorism by it’s name.

Their hyper-PC rhetoric would be funny if it weren’t so consequential to U.S. foreign policy on a larger scale.

Obama’s infamous speech at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast was breathtakingly obtuse in how to approach an evil enemy of our country and the world.

On the world stage, he told America to get off our “high horse” and remember all the awful things done in the name of Christianity during the Crusades.

It had been days since the murder of a Jordanian pilot by ISIS – and 1,000 years since the Crusades took place. Yet, he felt it necessary to condemn the latter among the world’s most prolific religious leaders in our nation’s Capitol.

It was one of the worst foreign policy decisions he could have made, even if it wasn’t a policy at all. As Ravi Zaccharias wrote this week:

Citing the Crusades, he used the single most inflammatory word he could have with which to feed the insatiable rage of the extremists. That is exactly what they want to hear to feed their lunacy. In the Middle East, history never dies and words carry the weight of revenge.

Another incident happened just yesterday, exemplifying the Administration’s refusal to call things what they are. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to admit that religion played a role in the shooting of individuals inside a Paris kosher deli by Islamic terrorists. Playing off of President Obama’s own words that the shooting was “random,” it was obvious he didn’t want to place religious discrimination at the forefront — and was criticized by reporters.

The White House has since backtracked on those remarks — but it shouldn’t have been remotely confusing to begin with.

There’s a problem — a big one. Obama’s refusal to admit that this terrorism is rooted in Islam can be summed in the words of AEI scholar Marc Thiessen:

You cannot defeat an ideology unless you’re willing to name it.

And that’s just it. We’re not dealing with a country here. We don’t have a leader to schedule peace talks with. The United States cannot create a strong, successful strategy to deal with this without accepting it for what it is: Islamic radicalism.

As Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro put it:

Mr. President, what’s most interesting is that with the crusaders, you so easily identify them as Christians. Why is it so hard for you to identify today’s jihadi terrorists as Muslim?

It’s time for the President to stop being worried about offending people and perhaps to his chagrin, get on the high horse that is the United States of America — land of the free, beacon of hope, tower of strength for the world.

Our leadership in the world and success in defeating this evil depends on it.