When Will Our Government Admit the Theology of Islam?
President Obama gave a speech on Thursday that has been hailed by the mainstream media as an Obamian reset on the War on Terror… yawn! What did he have to say about the theology of Islamic extremism or Islamic Jihad? Absolutely nothing. Yes, he did reference some nebulous “common ideology” but watch how he defines it:
Most, though not all, of the terrorism we faced is fueled by a common ideology — a belief by some extremists that Islam is in conflict with the United States and the West, and that violence against Western targets, including civilians, is justified in pursuit of a larger cause. Of course, this ideology is based on a lie, for the United States is not at war with Islam. And this ideology is rejected by the vast majority of Muslims, who are the most frequent victims of terrorist attacks.
Nevertheless, this ideology persists, and in an age when ideas and images can travel the globe in an instant, our response to terrorism can’t depend on military or law enforcement alone. We need all elements of national power to win a battle of wills, a battle of ideas. So what I want to discuss here today is the components of such a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy.
So the next element of our strategy involves addressing the underlying grievances and conflicts that feed extremism — from North Africa to South Asia. As we’ve learned this past decade, this is a vast and complex undertaking. We must be humble in our expectation that we can quickly resolve deep-rooted problems like poverty and sectarian hatred. (block quote credit, transcript “Obama’s Speech on Drone Policy” New York Times 5/23/13)
“[T]he underlying grievances and conflicts that feed extremism…”? Hey Mr. President, for all intents and purposes, your “underlying grievances and conflcts” are Islam and the Koran. Your “extremism” is a natural extension of Islamic Literalism! The problem is how Islam is interpreted by extremists!
Why is Obama unwilling to mention the cold hard truth that we are up against Islamic extremists (a/k/a Islamic Jihadists a/k/a Koranic literalists)? Let’s see what a British commentator has to say on this issue after the horrific attack on an off-duty British soldier.
How many ignored warnings does it take? That is one question that should hang over Britain after the horror of the daytime murder of a British soldier on the streets of south London.
Islamists have been saying for years they would do this. They have planned to do it. And now they have done it.
The attack itself is not surprising. What is surprising is that British society remains so utterly unwilling not just to deal with this threat, but even to admit its existence.
But it should also have been foreseen. Instead we entered the stage of denial.
But once the culprit turned out to be an Islamist, the gaze nearly fell away completely. “Nothing to see here, please move on” was the order of the day.
Even all these years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, our societies remain unfit for purpose in facing up to—and facing down—Islamic extremism. (Block quote credit DOUGLAS MURRAY “The London Terror Attack Was More Than ‘Unforgivable’” Wall Street Journal 5/24/13)
Your humble blogger submits that until President Obama and our allies acknowledge and understand the savage theology of Islamic extremism, Islamic Jihadism, or Koranic literalism, we will be no closer to defeating our enemies who use the purported word of Allah to justify their savage violence against us. By “Grizzly Joe”
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