Barack Obama, in a column for the Los Angeles Times, tries to explain his position regarding the “threat” facing the United States, mentioning al Qaeda, ISIL, the massacres at Fort Hood and the Boston Marathon, but in the process, reveals his Marxist leanings, his refusal to acknowledge the religious nature of the threat, his belief in the racism of the United States against Muslims, and ironically, his agreement with George W. Bush that regime change is the answer to the global threat.
Obama begins with his usual self-puffery: “The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We've decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack like 9/11.”
But facts, as they say, are stubborn things, so Obama immediately segues to reality: “At the same time, the threat has evolved.” He lists terrorists’ actions around the globe, and naturally avoids naming the common thread:
The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen actively plots against us. Since 9/11, terrorists have murdered U.S. citizens overseas, including in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Here in the United States, Americans have been killed at Ft. Hood and during the Boston Marathon. In Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group we call ISIL has slaughtered innocent civilians and murdered hostages, including Americans, and has spread its barbarism to Libya with the murder of Egyptian Christians. In recent months, we've seen deadly attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, Paris and Copenhagen. Elsewhere, the Pakistan Taliban massacred more than 100 schoolchildren and their teachers. From Somalia, al-Shabaab has launched attacks across East Africa. In Nigeria and neighboring countries, Boko Haram kills and kidnaps men, women and children.
Not a whisper of the one commonality of the murderers. Instead, he writes, “Groups like al Qaeda and ISIL promote a twisted interpretation of religion that is rejected by the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims.”
Marching forward to agree with Bush: “Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies.”
And leaping ahead with his Marxist explanation for the violence: “Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.” Yup, jobs will solve the problem.
How about American racism toward Muslims? He writes that we don’t know what motivated the killings at UNC of three Muslims, but ascribes it to racism anyway: “… all of us have a role to play by upholding the pluralistic values that define us as Americans … That pluralism has at times been threatened by hateful ideologies and individuals from various religions … We do not yet know why three young people, who were Muslim Americans, were brutally killed in Chapel Hill, N.C. But we know that many Muslim Americans across our country are worried and afraid.”
Because Obama believes that the cauldron producing the terrorist threat can be emptied of its fury simply by talking, he concludes: “With this week's summit, we'll show once more that — unlike terrorists who only offer misery and death — it is our free societies and diverse communities that offer the true path to opportunity, justice and dignity.”