If you want to understand why the Obama Administration uses the phrase “overseas contingency operation” instead of “war on terror”; if you want to know why the Obama Administration deemed the shootings at Fort Hood to be an act of “workplace violence” instead of an act of terrorism, and if you want to know why President Obama wouldn’t use the word terrorism to describe what happened either in Benghazi or Boston, I would like to take this moment to remind you of this passage from his speech to the Turkish Parliament on April 6, 2009:
I know there have been difficulties these last few years. I know that the trust that binds the United States and Turkey has been strained, and I know that strain is shared in many places where the Muslim faith is practiced. So let me say this as clearly as I can: The United States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam.
Well, the United States may not be at war with Islam but that doesn’t mean a critical mass of Islam isn’t at war with us.
Osama bin Laden is dead, but his fatwas live on. These fatwas state that it is the duty of every Muslim to kill Americans and our allies be they military or civilian, adult or child. Sometimes the jihadists fail as they did in Times Square and aboard Northwest Flight 255. But sometimes they succeed as they did in Fort Hood, Benghazi, and Boston.
Do not think for a moment it will end there. As I write this, there are people planning to do grievous harm to Americans at home and abroad in the name of Islam. Some of these people engaged in this planning reside on American soil just like the Brothers Tsarnaev. Most of these plans will fail. But sooner or later one of these plans will succeed with American flags once again lowered to half mast.
So President Obama can use terms like “overseas contingency operation” and “workplace violence” all he wants. It isn’t going to make terrorism go away. It isn’t going to make Islamic terrorism go away.
Implicit in Obama’s speech in Ankara is that the Bush Administration was at war with Islam. This is, of course, a load of fatuous nonsense. After all, President Bush declared that “Islam is peace.” But all Obama figured he had to do was to make nice with the Muslim world, win a Nobel Peace Prize, and everything would fall into place. Well, Obama made nice with the Muslim world, got his Nobel, but everything has fallen apart. The Muslim world holds Obama with as much contempt as it did Bush. In their eyes, both men are infidels. Indeed, the Muslim world views the United States as a land of decadence regardless of who leads it.
Now not every Muslim is going to turn out like the Brothers Tsarnaev. But there are too many Muslims who either admire these acts of terrorism and there are also too many Muslims who deny that their brethren perpetuated these acts of evil altogether. The Muslims who consistently and unequivocally speak out against terrorism committed in the name of Islam are few and far between. If there were more Zudhi Jassers in the world then there’s a good chance Islamic terrorism wouldn’t be the global phenomenon that it is.
But Islamic terrorism is a global phenomenon that is at war with the United States, the West, and even within Islam itself. It will remain a global phenomenon as long as President Obama keeps telling us not to jump to conclusions when “Allahu Akbar!” is shouted while American soldiers are being shot and as long as Hillary Clinton asks why it matters how American diplomats died.
I harbor no illusions that President Obama or any member of his administration will ever publicly acknowledge the connection between Islam and terrorism. Perhaps a future administration will be both less eager to ignore the obvious and less inclined to insult the intelligence of the American people. But a new administration is more than three and a half years away and I shudder to think what could happen on American soil during the remainder of Obama’s term in office. Should the Obama Administration refuse to acknowledge what is happening in front of its own eyes, then I fear that Islam’s war against us is going to get a whole lot worse.