Narrative and Taboo

Trump’s backing away from the positions that got him elected continues apace:

Trump frequently used the phrase “radical Islamic terror” on the campaign trail to describe Islamist extremists and militant groups, but the term has historically been avoided by presidents, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  In fact, McMaster himself has urged the president to refrain from using the phrase, arguing that violent extremists, such as ISIS militants, push a perverse view of Islam and that the phrase “radical Islamic terror” ultimately hinders U.S. goals, according to CNN.

McMaster said on ABC’s “This Week”…

“The president will call it whatever he wants to call it. But I think it’s important that, whatever we call it, we recognize that [extremists] are not religious people. And, in fact, these enemies of all civilizations, what they want to do is to cloak their criminal behavior under this false idea of some kind of religious war.”

But I think what the president will point out is the vast majority  – the vast majority of victims from these people are Muslims. And of course the Muslim world is very cognizant of that, having born witness to and experienced directly this humanitarian catastrophe that’s going on across the greater Middle East and beyond.”

The nonsense is stupefying.

Why can’t a religious person be an extremist? Why is religious war a false idea – has he not heard of jihad, or the crusades? Why can’t a religious war be consistent with criminal behaviour – has this man never heard of ‘war criminals’? Why can’t muslims inflicting murder and crime on other muslims be consistent with a religious war waged by muslims against other muslims – has he not heard of the wars of religion in the muslim and christian worlds?

Whatever the reason for this sort of nonsense, it only strengthens my belief that there is a tremendously strong force exerting pressure on western world elites and executives to fall in line with the muslim worldview. It might not be from within the muslim world, but I think it exists. And it must be sufficiently powerful to exert enough pressure on western leaders to get them to say things that alienate their electorates.

UPDATE: O dear, just as I thought:

“This is a battle between good and evil,” he said. “Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.”

“Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death,” Trump continued, delivering the speech during his first foreign trip as president.  “If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God,” Trump said.

“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sexts or different civilizations, this is battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people all in the name of religion, people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion,” he continued.

“When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish, were Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the strains of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims, we see only that they were children of God,” he said.

And so, yet another opportunity to call out islam for the injunctions and exhortations that allah explicitly makes to his followers goes begging. And the rest of us face the prospect of having more of our blood shed, in our wait for the western world’s elite to wake up and toughen up.


About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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