The most striking about both the speech and the op-ed is what isn’t stated. In his speech, Kerry did not use the word Muslim or Islam once whereas as the only time Kerry used the word Islam in the op-ed was to make reference to Islamophobia while the only time he used the word Muslim was in the context of being victims of violent extremists. While it’s certainly true that Muslims are victims of “violent extremism” it is curious that Kerry isn’t prepared to use the word Muslim when discussing its perpetrators.
I want to also focus on one passage in Kerry’s op-ed:
The most basic issue is good governance. It may not sound exciting, but it is vital. People who feel that their government will provide for their needs, not just its own, and give them a chance at a better life are far less likely to strap on an AK-47 or a suicide vest, or to aid those who do.
Well, government provided for the needs of the Tsarnaevs to the tune of more than $100,000 in benefits ranging from Section 8 Housing, food stamps and cash. This didn’t stop the Tsarnaev brothers from placing two bags full of explosives on Boylston Street and then detonating them. Is this Kerry’s idea of good governance?