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Kerry at Davos: Don’t Blame Muslims for Crimes Not Committed by Muslims Alone

Here is an excerpt from John Kerry’s speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland:

Against this enemy, we are increasingly organizing and fighting back, but in doing so we have to also keep our heads. Obviously, the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone – crimes that the overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose, crimes that their faith utterly rejects, and that Muslim leaders themselves have the greatest ability to address.

Religions don’t require adherence to raze villages and blow up people. It’s individuals with a distorted and an even ignorant interpretation of religion who do that, abetted by networks of individuals who have a different agenda and who incite and finance those actions. And we will certainly not defeat our foes by vilifying potential partners or by suppressing the very freedoms that terrorists try to destroy. Unless we direct our energies in the right direction, we may very well fuel the very fires that we want to put out.

Blaming Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone?

What the hell is Kerry talking about? Is he suggesting that Presbyterians were involved in 9/11? Are Methodists to blame for the Boston Marathon Bombings? Were Hindus responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attacks? There may be circumstances where acts of, as Kerry puts it, “violent extremism” is carried out by people other than Muslims. But apart from Muslims what other religious or ideological entity is committing acts of “violent extremism” on a global level?

And in what way are we villifying potential partners? Who exactly are these potential partners? Are they nation states like Iran and Turkey? Or are there specific Muslim leaders or movements Kerry has in mind such as the “largely secular” Muslim Brotherhood? It can’t be Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states that Kerry is worried about alienating. They’re already alienated with the Obama Administration when they propped up Hamas during the Israel-Gaza conflict last summer never mind the secret negotiations with Iran.

It seems to me that the Obama Administration has fuelled plenty of fires all on its own.

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