For Obama, Radical Islam Is as Unreal as Santa Claus

President Obama and other apologists for religious terrorists may be politically correct, but their analysis and understanding of Islam is historically inaccurate. If you follow the logic, such as it is, the president believes that Islam is a religion of peace and, therefore, radical Islam does not exist. If there are no radical Islamists then their victims must be still alive.

Okay, maybe I’ve twisted the logic a bit, but it’s not that far off from the public statements by politicians who apparently are petrified of the Muslim reaction if they speak the truth. The irony is that Muslims themselves have no difficulty identifying radicals among them — whether they be the Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia, the Shiite followers of the Iranian Ayatollahs, Hezbollah, or the Sunnis of Hamas, al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Another element of the PC approach to terror is to feel obligated to say that not all Muslims are terrorists — but no one believes that they are. To say that not all Muslims are terrorists, however, does not mean that no Muslims are terrorists. Consider that there are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world today. If just 1% of that total is radical the number of potential terrorists could number 15 million! If only 1% of those radicals acted on their beliefs, we’d still face a threat from 150,000 Muslims.

Frighteningly, surveys indicate the percentage of Muslims with radical views may be much higher. A Gallup Poll taken in 2007, which claimed to represent 90 percent of all Muslims, found that 13.5 percent — the equivalent of more than 180 million Muslims — held extreme views. The authors reporting the findings considered only 7 percent “radicals,” which translates to approximately 95 million Muslims.

Granted, not all radicals will act on their belief, but it does not take millions or even hundreds to sew mayhem. Just two radical Muslims killed 14 people in California and set an entire community on edge, to say nothing of the carnage and fear created by the men behind the Paris attacks, which still pale in comparison to the murder of more than 3,000 Americans by just 19 hijackers on 9/11.

Intelligence officials who have to monitor and deal with the threats of radical Islam are more forthright. Foreign intelligence services have been warning for years about the radicalization of Muslims in Islamic schools and mosques, and from social media and recruitment to fight alongside terrorists. Muslims and civil libertarians object to monitoring; however, law enforcement has a better chance of finding ticking time bombs this way than relying on well-meaning Muslims to report possible threats — as the mainstream Muslim community claims it does in an effort to keep law enforcement from conducting undercover operations. Too often, however, the families and friends of killers, including radical Muslims, claim to have no knowledge of their beliefs or intentions.

Furthermore, those who do suspect their children or neighbors will not necessarily report them. Take the shocking revelations from Syed Farook, father of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, who, along with his wife, is believed responsible for the murder of 14 people. In an interview with the Italian daily La Stampa, Farook said his son shared the views of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi and supported the creation of the Islamic State. He was also obsessed with Israel. “I told him he had to stay calm and be patient because in two years Israel will not exist anymore. Geopolitics is changing: Russia, China and America don’t want Jews there anymore. They are going to bring the Jews back to Ukraine….Israel is not to be fought with weapons, but with politics. But he did not listen to me, he was obsessed.”

So not only was Farook a radical Muslim who wanted to see Israel destroyed, his father knew about it and stayed silent. How many other parents are living with children who have become extremists who we will see on the news as the perpetrators of yet another atrocity?

You cannot fight an enemy that you refuse to recognize, so why is anyone surprised at the failure of Western leaders to defeat radical Islamists. They are now trying to sell the public on the fanciful idea that the war against terror (wait, Obama doesn’t believe there is such a war) will be over after we defeat ISIS. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The West is under attack from radical Islamists, not a bunch of random individuals who take their marching orders from the air rather than their warped interpretation of Islam. We have no chance of defeating these mortal enemies unless and until Obama and other leaders acknowledge who and what we are fighting, and use all the tools of warfare at their disposal to fight them on land, in the air and cyberspace, as well as from the sea. We cannot sit and wait to be hit again and again; the West must take the fight not only to ISIS but to other Muslim extremists in Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Iran, Yemen, Libya and the Western cities where they are biding their time, waiting for the right moment to strike.

This is World War III. It’s time we stopped worrying about the political correctness of how we describe the threat and treat the global battle against radical Islam with the seriousness it deserves.

About the Author
Dr Mitchell Bard is the Executive Director of the nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and a foreign policy analyst who lectures frequently on U.S.-Middle East policy. Dr. Bard is the director of the Jewish Virtual Library, the world's most comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture. He is also the author/editor of 24 books, including The Arab Lobby, Death to the Infidels: Radical Islam’s War Against the Jews and the novel After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine.