Howard Dean says Paris Killers “Not Muslim Terrorist”
Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 9, 2015
This week three followers of Islam attacked the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France murdering 12. The attack was in retaliation for Charlie Hebdo publishing caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. The attack was an act of Islamic terrorism. This did not stop Howard Dean, well-known Democratic politician and one-time presidential candidate, from incredibly claiming:
“I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. Europe has an enormous radical problem. I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult.”
Dean’s comments are so ludicrous that they are not worthy of rational debate. On the other hand if they were but the comments of one loony Leftist they could be ignored. However, they join similar comments that the Left uses in the name of political correctness to avoid the reality that there are many extremists willing to kill in the name of Islam. Perhaps the most infamous was President Obama calling the Fort Hood massacre by Nadal Malik Hasan as merely “workplace violence”. You can make this stuff up!
Let us compare Dean’s outrageous comments with more rational responses. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney more appropriately said:
Well, this is a classical radical Islamic attack, Steve [Fox News interviewer], and political correctness is killing us. … Until we hold the Arab world and the Muslim world accountable for letting this radical Islamic ideology, which I have said before is as evil as Nazism, Fascism, and Communism, it is not a religion until we hold these people accountable.
There is a ray of light emanating from evils of radical Islam. It is opening the eyes of a diverse group of Americans both on the Right and the Left creating a bipartisan response to the challenges. About Leftist Bill Maher closely matched General McInerney when he Tweeted: