In his inauguration speech, Trump stated that his administration will, “unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”
The thing that makes this quote so significant is that unlike former President Obama, President Trump was unafraid to call out the problem for what is it. Despite being presiding over the worst radical Islamic terror attacks on US soil since 9/11, former President Obama and his administration (and Hillary Clinton) refrained from using the term ‘radical Islamic terror’ at virtually all times.
When asked by a mother whose son was killed in the fight against terrorism why he refused to use the term ‘radical Islamic terror,’ Obama responded by saying that there was “no religious rationale that would justify in any way any of the things that they [Islamic terrorists] do.”
So when the Islamic State’s propaganda arm releases an article detailing the reasons why they want to conquer the West, and it states, “our primary reason for hating you will not cease to exist until you embrace Islam,” that has nothing to do with a radical interpretation of Islam in Barack Obama’s eyes. At least according to his rhetoric.
When jihadists throw gays off rooftops, stone those accused of adultery, and murder other Muslims for believing in the wrong interpretation of Islam, and endlessly cite their religious beliefs as justification for all these things, the issue is clearly religious in nature.
Surely, one can say that the extremist’s interpretation of Islam is perverted, but that doesn’t detach their religious beliefs from their motivation to commit violence, as the left has relentlessly tried to do. Never mind the fact that anyone can play that ‘no true Scotsman‘ game. The extremists themselves claim that secular and liberal interpretations of Islam are in fact the perverted versions of the religion and consider adherents of those interpretations apostates rather than Muslims.
The reality is that though Donald Trump is a controversial figure, the label ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ is perfectly accurate and thus ought not to be considered controversial. Acts of terror the like of which were witnessed in San Bernardino, Brussels, and Paris were undoubtedly motivated by radical interpretations of Islam.
To deny that is to deny reality and to refuse to identify the problem for what it is for fear of being divisive or politically incorrect is nothing short of a pathetic lie by omission. Though there is much to dislike about Trump, it is nice to see him speak with clarity about the motivations of our enemies, unlike his predecessor.