Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Sunday that President Obama’s decision not to say the actions of the Islamic State are a form of “radical Islam,” was made at the behest of the Muslim community.
“The thing I hear from leaders in the Muslim community in this country is ISIL is attempting to hijack my religion,” Johnson told “Fox News Sunday,” referring to the terror group also known as Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL, etc.
Well, at least they cleared that up, albeit through their customary technique of blaming others for their mistakes. Now we know that the President’s bizarre refusal to identify Muslim terrorists as Muslim terrorists is not necessarily pathological, it may be just a case of ignorance, poor judgment, and odd priorities. Forget that President George W. Bush, in reacting to the 9/11 attacks, repeatedly made it clear that we would not, we must not, hold the Muslim religion responsible for the actions of the hijackers. Forget that Americans, since long before Mr. Obama’s inauguration, have followed Mr. Bush’s lead in continuing to treat the American Muslim community with fairness and respect. Did it never occur to Mr. Obama that, in pandering to the American Muslim community (while throwing them under the bus), he is giving aid and encouragement to ISIS/ISIL, Al Qaeda, and the other radical Islamist factions of the worldwide Muslim community that have openly sworn to destroy America? Has he seen any signs that the terrorists are on the verge of yielding to his charm offensive, of swapping their swords for some plowshares?
If only the President were as solicitous for the feelings and interests of the targets of Islamic terrorists’ gruesome actions, if only he were as concerned for America’s friends and allies in the Middle East or in Eastern Europe.
America’s Muslims do not need pandering or scapegoating; they, like all of our citizens, need the truth, not propaganda. America’s Muslims know full well what a great and honorable country this is; that is why they chose to live here.