Apparently, the new buzz phrase in the Obama administration to describe our fight against radical Islamic terrorism is “countering violent extremism.” Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair used the catch-phrase twice in a speech he delivered yesterday.
Notice that there is no reference to the source of most of the terrorist “violent extremism” around the world today - radical Islam. This “soft power approach” is deliberately designed to avoid offending the Muslim world - an extension of Obama’s apologia last June in Cairo during which he told Muslims how sorry the United States was for all of the supposed wrongs we committed against them.
It is also forbidden in Obama-land to use the term “jihad” to describe the Islamic ideology we are fighting. Last year John Brennan, Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, said it was inappropriate to use “jihad” in such a negative context because in the Islam religion, he claims, jihad means “to purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal.”
But when one examines the real meaning of jihad according to Islam’s prophet Muhammad from primary sources such as Bukhari (the Hadith, which are oral traditions relating to the words and deeds of Muhammad), Brennan’s assertion is overwhelmingly disproved. The fact is that 97% of the jihad references are about war and 3% concern an inner struggle. Also, the Koran itself is full of hate-filled violent passages.
The Obama administration is helping to whitewash the words and deeds of the radical Islamists’ own warrior prophet, which these mass murderers of innocent civilians use today to justify their jihad of terror.
Laura Ingraham, who filled in for Bill O’Reilly on “The Factor” last night, minced no words in piercing through this semantical, politically correct nonsense. Her guest, Nancy Soderberg (who served in the Clinton administration, including as Alternate Representative to the United Nations), tried to defend the whitewash by dumping on the Bush administration’s more direct approach to fighting the war against terror.
Not only did Ingraham point out that Bush had repeatedly gone out of his way to describe Islam – rightly or wrongly – as a peaceful faith. She also reminded Soderberg that Bush has been out of office for more than a year and that it was time for the Obama administration to be held accountable for its failures. Maybe Ingraham should host “The Factor” more often.
Nothing that Obama has done so far in trying to whitewash the radical Islamic source of the terrorist threat our country is facing today has worked. The problem has gotten worse. Before you can effectively fight the enemy – whether on the military battlefield or in the war of ideas – you have to understand who they really are and expose their true ideology to the world.