President Obama's commitment to making the United States an easier target for terrorists, even as it becomes more Islam/sharia-friendly, apparently knows no bounds. In his latest master-stroke, the President's advisers plan to remove terms such as "Islamic radicalism" from a document outlining national security strategy and will use the new version to emphasise that the U.S. does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism, counterterrorism officials say.
This initiative is stupid and damaging for a number of reasons. First of all, how does referring to "Islamic radicalism" in any way give out the impression that the US "views Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism"? If I say that I do not like, and will not eat, prawn cocktail flavoured crisps, does that mean that I view all crisps "through the lens" of prawn cocktail? No. If I am organising a campaign to eradicate racism from schools, does that mean that I view all schools "through the lens" of racism? Of course not. The very fact that the previous National Security Strategy referred to "Islamic radicalism" demonstrates precisely in itself that no one was viewing all Islamic countries, or all Muslims, "through the lens of terrorism".
But even aside from this, the new strategy is damaging to American interests and security because, as I have written before, the Islamic identity of those who wish to destroy our societies and way of life is intimately connected to their actions. In other words, they are fighting us because of their interpretation of certain Islamic texts and teachings. Even if it was the case that they were twisting and misunderstanding Islam, their views still constitute a comprehensive practical ideology which amounts to a global movement. The first step towards understanding their motives and goals is to understand what they believe, and where those beliefs derive from. This cannot be done without referring to Islam. If all reference to Islam is taken off the table, the likelihood of implementing accurate knowledge and effective strategies will evanesce, also.
As he has demonstrated many times since he took office, such as during his speech in Cairo last year, Obama's entire foreign policy revolves around the misplaced assumption that Islamic terrorism is our fault, and that everything can be easily fixed if we just try really, really hard to stop getting on Muslims' nerves with our capitalism and Islamophobia. This completely ignores the jihad doctrine, which is an inherent part of orthodox Islam, and mandates perpetual, total warfare against unbelievers merely for the crime of their unbelief.
This wilful blindness can be deadly, because as much as Obama wants to ignore Islamic jihad, there are others who aren't ignoring it - the Islamic jihadists themselves. And they will continue to pursue that jihad, taking lives in the process, regardless of whether Obama wants to talk about it or not.