The White House has placed a lot of importance on their Summit on Violent Extremism this week, but it became quickly apparent that nothing will change. In a gathering of leaders meant to identify ways to prevent youth radicalization and respond to attacks such as the ones in Paris and Copenhagen, the president continues to deny the truth behind the terrorism.
“No religion is responsible for terrorism — people are responsible for violence and terrorism,” Obama said on Wednesday. “They are not religious leaders. They are terrorists. We are not at war with Islam — we are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”
This is actually closer to the mark than the president has been in some time, but it’s discouraging that he makes this distinction every time he gets by a microphone. It is certainly important that we make young Muslims understand that we aren’t going to start bombing mosques, but there is no doubt that ISIS is serious about their religious convictions. Whether those convictions match the widespread Islamic faith or not is largely irrelevant. That there is something about this religion that apparently makes it very easy to “pervert” into something this evil…that’s a matter worthy of examination.
A Delusional Reality
No such examination will be taking place at the summit this week, however. Insisting that “there is no one profile of a violent extremist,” Obama is going to walk us into the lion’s den across the bridge of political correctness. Far more important that we not offend the delicate ears of peaceful Muslims than it is to get serious about confronting this threat.
“There’s no way to predict who will become radicalized,” he says. Sure there is. When your average white boy from suburbia picks up the Quran and starts growing a long beard, you should probably get concerned. When your moderate Muslim neighbor starts devoting all his time to watching weird YouTube videos and reading Islamic scripture, you should probably sound the alarm bells. But the president can’t say that, because that would be too close to blaming Islam for all of this terrorism.
“Al Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam,” said Obama. “We must never accept the premise that they put forth because it is a lie.”
Is it a greater lie than the one propagated by Obama and his liberal establishment? Deny their legitimacy all you want, there’s no question that they believe wholeheartedly in their cause. That doesn’t make them “legitimate.” That doesn’t make their version of Islam the true one. But it does mean that you’re not going to solve this problem by providing jobs to disaffected Muslim youths. This is a war that can only be won with force.