Secretary of State John Kerry was in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum earlier this week when he said something incredibly… stupid. He was speaking on the topic of terrorism with many of the worlds biggest leaders when he let lose with these words of idiocy.
It seems that terrorists are now competing with each other for recruits and perpetrating ever more macabre crimes. Now, need I remind you, the 20th century was defined by the civilized world struggle to develop the rule of law as an alternative to chaos, disorder and dictatorship. And today we are witnessing nothing more than a form of criminal anarchy, a nihilism which illegitimately claims an ideological and religious foundations. Against this enemy, we are increasingly organizing and fighting back, but in doing so we also have to keep our heads. Obviously, the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone. Crimes that the overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose. Crimes that their faith utterly rejects and that Muslim leaders themselves have the greatest ability to address. Religions don’t require adherence to be raze villages and blow up people, it’s individuals with a distorted and an even ignorant interpretation of religion who do that.
Fortunately for everyone Fox News and Charles Krauthammer were watching and listening and they were as dumbfounded as us by Kerry’s choice for “biggest error.”
The biggest error that we make is to lose the damn war because we refuse to recognize who the enemy is and what it requires.
It’s getting awfully tiring listening to liberals (like Obama) trot out this silly straw man argument every time we talk about radical Islam and terrorism. Krauthammer then goes on to point out how most people qualify their statements on terrorism by exonerating non-radical Muslims before condemning radicals.
This has always been a liberal problem; they worry about problems that don’t actually exist. For example, they worry about Islamophobia and widespread attacks on innocent Muslims… even though no precedent for their worry actually exists. Even after 9/11 the backlash against American Muslims was hardly a blip on the radar (unless you’re speaking to a liberal), the fear of some irrational response to American Muslims is overblown.
Here’s Krauthammer whole statement in reply to Kerry.
The biggest error that we can make, well it would be an error if we blamed all of the Muslims in the world for the crimes that are occurring, including the latest one today in Libya, for example. It would be an error but I’m not sure how many people in this country actually say that. That’s just a straw man. Everyone who is critical of radical Islam prefaces with it saying of course it is a minority of Islam, it doesn’t — it’s not a way to attack all Muslims. So this is a non-argument that he is making. And it wouldn’t be the biggest error that we make. The biggest error that we make is to lose the damn war because we refuse to recognize who the enemy is and what it requires. That would be a larger error because it would consign people to, for example, hell that is Syria today, approaching a quarter of a million dead.
The original sin here is not that Obama sort of is confused, I think he is in a way, but that he has a strategy. He came into office with a strategy. America leaves. This is not something we should be involved in. We will leave and he didn’t quite understand which is sort of an axiom of geopolitics if America leaves the vacuum does not remain a vacuum. There’s a story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today about the comedy of errors of our supposedly equipping, arming and training the Syrian rebels. They started almost two years ago, they have gotten nowhere. There was no impetus, there was no urgency, there was no logic behind what the president was doing. Everybody understood that he himself said and thought it was a fantasy. So he says it is a fantasy and says he is going to arm them. This is a president who believes in withdrawal and these are the fruits of withdrawal.
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