President Obama's unwillingness to use the phrase "radical Islamist terrorists" may seem like superficial semantics to those who defend his every move, but to a lot of us, it has much deeper implications.
In the first place, identifying the rogue element of Islam in no way insults the faith as a whole. In fact, moderate Muslims should want the radical faction pointed out as not being a part of mainstream Islam any more than the Westboro Baptist Church is a part of the mainstream Baptist denomination.
President Obama's refusal to call the radical Islamists, combined with Eric Holder and others in the Obama Administration's reluctance to identify the true enemy, is disturbing. His rush to defend Islam, and his refusal to mention that 125 Egyptian citizens who were slaughtered by ISIS in a mass beheading were all Coptic Christians, makes you wonder just how he views this whole struggle.
We all know that President Obama has deep familial connections with Islam through his father, and though he is a self-proclaimed Christian, he seems to have an easy familiarity and an abiding reverence for Islam.
Could this in some way influence his stubborn refusal to even let the words "Islamic terrorists" pass his lips?
There is some reason, some deep-seated and firmly-ingrained reason, that goes deeper than philosophical and more profound than mere opinion. It takes a solidly held commitment for a president to stand against the majority of his country, and the world for that matter, in denying that ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and practically all the rest of the terror organizations on the planet identify themselves with Islam, especially with Boko Haram recently pledging allegiance to ISIS.
Whether President Obama is willing to admit it or not, ISIS is following what they consider to be the teachings of Mohammed as revealed in the Koran and the Hadiths. They are attempting to cause an all out war to usher in their version of the apocalypse, which would herald the arrival of the Islamic messiah, the Mahdi (the 12th Imam as the Shia Muslims believe).
If President Obama is really concerned with besmirching Islam, he should surely come forth and call these sadistic murderers what they are. Simply adding the words "radical“ and "terrorist" to the description should provide all the separation it should take to differentiate between the moderates and the radicals.
Ironically, the people who suffer the most under these radical groups are Muslims. ISIS draws no line. They kidnap, torture, rape and murder their own as quickly as they do Christians and Jews.
There kind of evil knows no bounds.
I was very young, but I vividly remember World War II. Hitler and the Nazis were the most hated people on earth, but most of the German people were not Nazis, they were just citizens who were caught in the middle between a sadistic madman who wanted to conquer the world and an alliance of nations who were determined to prevent that from happening.
"Nazi" described an evil entity to the world, and although they were Germans, that term separated them from the ordinary people of Germany who lived under Hitler's reign of terror.
We knew who we were fighting. The enemy was identified; the battle lines were drawn; and when the dust had settled, the Nazis were destroyed, but not the German people. As we all know, they rose from the ashes to build a great nation. They shook off the dregs and shadows of Nazism, and they were left unstained by the world who identified the evil element among them, calling it by name.
The people who have the most to gain by the destruction of these satanic terror groups are the Muslim people themselves. Millions of them are living in the abject fear and clear and present danger this unprecedented kind of evil brings.
They, above all people, realize that these are radical Islamic terrorists.
It will take an all-out effort to defeat the forces of evil which stand against the non-Islamic world. It will take military force, iron will and a nation united in purpose and resolve.
You say we're not at war with Islam, Mr. President; the least you could do is tell us who we are at war with.
What do you think?
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