The Perversion That Is Islam
Stacy McCain quotes from this AP report by Lolita Baldor:
The Obama administration’s recent move to drop rhetorical references to Islamic radicalism is drawing fire in a new report warning the decision ignores the role religion can play in motivating terrorists.
Several prominent counterterror experts are challenging the administration’s shift in its recently unveiled National Security Strategy, saying the terror threat should be defined in order to fight it.
In the report, scheduled to be released this week, counterterrorism experts from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy argue that the U.S. could clearly articulate the threat from radical Islamic extremists “without denigrating the Islamic religion in any way.”
In the report, which was obtained by The Associated Press, the analysts warn that U.S. diplomacy must sharpen the distinction between the Muslim faith and violent Islamist extremism, identify radicalizers within Islamic communities and empower voices that can contest the radical teachings.
The report acknowledges that the Obama administration has beefed up efforts to work with the Muslim community in the U.S. and abroad and has also expanded counterterrorism operations and tried to erode and divide al-Qaida and its affiliated groups.
But the administration’s two-pronged approach of stepping up counterterror operations while tamping down its rhetoric, the critics argue, needs to also include an ideological counteratteck with policies and programs that empower moderate Islamic voices and contest extremist narratives.
“There is an ideology that is driving al-Qaida and its affiliates,” said Matt Levitt, one of the authors of the study on countering violent extremism.
The administration, Levitt said, has to separate discussion of Islam as a religion from the radical Islamic ideology that is producing and fueling global insurgencies. The study is due out next week, but the authors, Levitt, a former FBI and Treasury official, and co-author J. Scott Carpenter, were to preview it Monday.
We already knew that this “Don’t Call It Islamic Terrorism” policy was stupid, but it’s nice to have experts agreeing with common sense.
There’s no Common Sense involved in any report that restates the tired old bromide that Islamic terrorism can be separated from the religion of Islam itself:
…counterterrorism experts from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy argue that the U.S. could clearly articulate the threat from radical Islamic extremists “without denigrating the Islamic religion in any way.”
No, the U.S. cannot because the two are married to each other in a bond that cannot be torn asunder. Islamic terrorism is part of the obligation of every Muslim to wage Jihad; Jihad, the enslavement and or killing of all non-believers, is one of the basic core beliefs of Islam. All this report does is to widen the blinders a bit, but it still denies the full, complete reality that there can be no reform of Islam without the rejection of The Koran. That causes a bit of a problem, however: if The Koran is rejected, there is no Islam — the ‘religion’ cannot exist without it’s dogma.
It is about time many of us wake up to the fact that, since the time the obviously mad Mohammed created this idolatry of himself, Islam has been a curse on the world. It, in and of itself, has contributed nothing positive and only brought about the deaths and enslavement of millions under a false god. Allah is a perversion of the God of Abraham. Islam is evil incarnate. And anyone who compromises with evil will pay a great price.