Obama Equivocates on Islamic Extremism
Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 2, 2015
On September 29 President Obama participated in a Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism at the United Nations that was attended by various world leaders. Like most UN conferences little productive came of the meeting. During the conference there was an exchange between President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron as follows:
Barack Obama – “Violent extremism is not unique to any one faith, so no one should ever be profiled or targeted simply because of their faith”.
David Cameron – “Barack, you are quite right, that every religion has its extremists, but we have to be frank that the biggest problem we have today is the Islamist extremist violence that has given birth to ISIL, to Al Shabaab to Al Nusra, Al Qaeda and so many other groups”.
The exchange is informative at various levels. First, it demonstrates a more realistic understanding of contemporary world affairs by the British leader. It also once again emphasizes the Obama’s inability to comprehend the big picture and focus on solutions. Irrespective of the obvious reality that radicals can exist in any religion, it is undeniable that today’s world order and greater civilization is at risk only because of one; Radical Islam. As to why the President has an inability to either express or understand this reality is difficult to comprehend.