Vagueness Is Real DangerPosted by Olivier Melnick on February 13, 2015
France is still trying to recover from the terrorist attacks of early January 2015. France that wasn’t the only area affected, as many around the world are starting to realize the dangers of radical Islam. The problem isn’t specific to the Middle East and/or exclusive to the Islamic State. Our global community was hit. There is still a very long road ahead of us if we really care to defeat people with an ideology in line with that of ISIS. It is now impossible to ignore the danger.
It is one thing to acknowledge a real danger. It is another to strategically move forward to fight it. The world is being forced to recognize the brutality and barbarism of the Islamic State. Few if any have made any progress in the war against that enemy. Its is quite mind boggling that some governments have yet to clearly label the Islamic State as a radical Islamic group. Leading the pack is the Obama administration. Their vagueness regarding the Islamic State is a real danger.
We can all agree that the beheading, crucifixions, stoning and burnings have placed the Islamic State to the forefront of our contemporary enemies. Any government hesitant in calling these extremist a radical Islamic terrorist group, is making a grave mistake. Last September, in one of his addresses, President Obama declared that the Islamic State was neither Islamic nor a State. The Islamic State might have declared a caliphate a few months back, but it doesn’t qualify them as being a state. They are more of an illicit economy as the Wall Street Journal labeled them.
On the other hand, they are every bit “Islamic” if we understand the meaning of the word Islamic. It is a misconception to believe that Islam is simply a religion of peace, because it is much more complex than that. Many Muslims want nothing to do with the Islamic State’s barbaric methods, yet any serious student of the Qur’an cannot ignore that it contains plenty of verses about violence, deception and killings of the infidels.
What we could call “orthodox Islam” is a lot closer to radical Islam than one might think. There simply are many Muslims who do not adhere to that kind of literal approach to the Qur’an. They have distanced themselves from the extremism taught in those verses. They are “moderate Muslims”, yet they are not even recognized by radical Muslims as true Muslims. I think that a better description would be to call them “cultural Muslims.”
To avoid calling the Islamic State “Islamic” is a vagueness that is far from accidental. It is deliberate! It remains uncertain if the choice is made out of fear of reprisals or political and/or ideological alignment. Nevertheless, the Islamic State IS Islamic from a Qur’anic standpoint.
Continuing with the vagueness that has stricken our President in the past few months, we also need to question his motives when he claims that the Paris Kosher Market attacks were random attacks. In an interview with VOX in the last few days, Mr. Obama didn’t identify the victims as Jews, but simply as”a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” The fact that Amédy Coulibaly (the killer) entered a “kosher” store, said that he was linked to Islamic State, and killed the people inside, because they were Jewish was purely anecdotal, and I guess irrelevant! What an insult to the Jewish community!
Mr. Obama was further defended by the White House press secretary Josh Earnest who very awkwardly backed him up. This didn’t satisfy the press and drew the ire of the social networks. Then, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki added a couple of days later that we should let the French government decide if the events were of an antisemitic nature. Give me a break! If a radical Muslim barges into a kosher store and kills Jewish people, it is NOT RANDOM! The French government has authority since this took place on French soil, but that doesn’t invalidate the original intent of the act itself.
The White House decided to back pedal and do damage control on Thursday. They made a statement declaring the events of the Paris kosher store as anti-Semitic. The vagueness applied to the description of the terror attack at the supermarket is very dangerous, because it reduces the tragedy to a random act of violence, removing it from the hate crime that it was.
Is this part of the conditioning of the masses to lead them to ignore both a real danger and a real victim? This vagueness is terrifying to me, because it was only 70 years ago that some of my family members went from being human beings, to being prisoners, to just being a simple number. Eventually, the whole process led to a need to exterminate my people who had been reduced to the status of animal.
Calling the Paris terrorist attack “random” is in and of itself “targeted”. We say a lot more by saying less. Once again Mr. President your vagueness doesn’t appear to be accidental!
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