Did President Obama really say at the “countering violent extremism summit” yesterday and in his recent L.A. Times Op-Ed
that jihadist terrorist groups are winning recruits by exploiting economic, political, and historic grievances that are “sometimes accurate”?
Yes he did.
This incredible claim raises two questions: What kind of legitimate grievances could possibly justify beheadings and burning people to death? And what type of people are being motivated to join jihadist groups because of such atrocities?
Mr. Obama’s statement reflects his continuing refusal to acknowledge that the global jihad movement is motivated by a unifying ideology: radical Islam and its doctrine of imposing Shariah worldwide through violence.
It also is impossible to square President Obama’s claim that al-Qaida and ISIS are attracting recruits for political and economic reasons with the fact that thousands from Western countries are buying plane tickets to fly to Turkey to join ISIS. And let’s not forget that al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden was not poor; he was the son of a Saudi billionaire.
Moreover, the president’s claims that ISIS and al-Qaida jihadists are perverting or exploiting Islam are at odds with radical Islam’s long historical legacy and its basis in the Koran.
The president also is ignoring growing radicalism in mainstream Islamist theology. Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, who heads the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, confirmed this last week at the Center for Security Policy’s Defeat Jihad Summit
when he said that to combat ISIS and al-Qaida, the United States must avoid aligning with Islamist organizations which may currently be non-violent but sympathize or endorse violent jihadist groups.
Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney said at the Defeat Jihad Summit that these groups are waging a “pre-violent’ campaign to advance a jihadist agenda in the West which the Muslim Brotherhood calls “civilization jihad.” Click here
to read a Center for Security Policy analysis of this issue, “Civilization Jihad: the Muslim Brotherhood’s Potent Weapon.”
Jasser also took issue with “countering violent extremism,” the term President Obama uses to describe America’s efforts to oppose al-Qaida, ISIS, and other radical groups. Jasser said “Stop the nonsense of ‘CVE.’ We’re not countering violent extremism. I can’t help you as a reform-minded Muslim with my book "The Battle for the Soul of Islam
" if you say this is a battle for the soul of violent extremism. That’s nonsense.”
In short, President Obama is dead wrong. Jihadist terrorist groups like al-Qaida and ISIS are recruiting followers by promoting the anti-Western, anti-modern ideology of radical Islam. They are recruiting people who hate modern society, Western civilization, and the United States. These disgruntled and disturbed individuals are not going to be dissuaded by a new U.S. jobs program for youth in Muslim countries or President Obama making excuses for their decision to join terrorist groups that are the face of evil in the modern world.
French Premier Manuel Valls had it right when he said after the Paris shootings by French jihadists last month, “It is a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity.”
This is what President Obama needs to say about the threat posed by the global jihad movement. Until the president stops denying this threat, he is signaling American weakness and lack of resolve which will allow this threat to continue to spread and grow.
Fred Fleitz followed the Iranian nuclear program for the CIA, State Department, and House Intelligence Committee. He is now a senior fellow with the Center for Security Policy. Read more report from Fred Fleitz
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