I tire of this.
Of course, we are (quite literally) at war by anyone’s definition — training foreign soldiers, deploying our own, dropping bombs in Iraq and Syria. Our military is aiding the Nigerian government in rooting out Boko Haram. We’ve reportedly spent more than $1 billion in our campaign against ISIS alone. And from Yemen to the Maghreb, Syria to Iraq, Europe to Japan, the groups we’re fighting all claim to (be)s motivated by an Islamist ideology.
Yet, in an interview this weekend with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Obama was asked to explain why we are not, in fact, at war with Islamic extremism:
“I don’t quibble with labels,” he said. “I think we all recognize that this is a particular problem that has roots in Muslim communities. But I think we do ourselves a disservice in this fight if we are not taking into account the fact that the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject this ideology.”
Point well taken. Most Muslims are not aligned with ISIS and Islamic extremism. That’s why the distinction is right there in the name. We don’t say we are at war with Islam, but radical Islam or Islamic extremism.“Point well taken” my chapped ass.
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