CHARLOTTE, NC, January 7, 2015 – People like former governor Howard Dean (D-VT) are as much of an obstacle in the war on terror as the Islamist themselves.
During an interview on Morning Joe, Dean said, “You know this is a chronic problem. I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for whatever anybody else’s life. That’s not what the Koran says. You know, Europe has an enormous radical problem. I think ISIS is a cult, not an Islamist cult. I think it’s a cult. I think you got deal with these people.”
All of this from a man who once thought, and perhaps still does, that he is smart enough to be president.
Of course, Dean is simply following the Obama administration’s position on Islam but his words are so easily parsed that it is hardly worth the effort.
About the only thing Dean got right was that Islam is, indeed, “a chronic problem.”
The biggest error, and most important, in Dean’s thinking is that the terrorists who attacked and killed 12 people and injured 7 more in Paris are not Muslim. Not only are they likely Muslim, they are following the religion more closely than many realize.
Equally disturbing was Dean’s comment declaring that the Koran does not endorse violence when the complete opposite is true. The Koran is a guidebook for terror. Obviously, Mr. Dean has never read the Koran or, if he has, he scanned the sanitized, abridged Reader’s Digest version of the book.
To state that Europe has an enormous radical problem is akin to saying that it gets dark at night. There have been infinite accounts of the Islamization of Europe for more that a decade to the extent that Britain, Germany and France are among the most Islamically influenced countries in the West. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Paris would be a target of Islamic extremism.
Yes, ISIS is a cult. So is al-Qaeda. And Hamas. And Boko Haram. They are all cults because Islam itself is a cult. Just because Islam has more than a billion followers does not mean that it cannot be a cult. Few experts will call it that, primarily out of fear, but there are a small number who have expressed precisely that opinion. Barack Obama and Howard Dean and other politically correct zealots are not among them.
At least three masked gunmen are said to have opened fire at the office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine in Paris this morning. Charlie Hebdo has been in the news previously for its controversial cartoons and depictions of Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
Images of Muhammad in any form in Islam, even those with a religious connotation, are considered to be idol worship because they are believed to diminish the divinity of Allah (God).
Unlike Christians, who say that Christ was the divine human incarnation of God, Muslims believe their prophet was merely Allah’s human vehicle and, most importantly, that he did not possess a heavenly persona. That schism alone is one of the major conflicts between Christianity and Islam.
In the strictest Islamic societies, even mosques are not allowed to be painted or adorned with anything that would minimize the power of Allah.
A similar problem with misunderstanding Islamic ideology arose in Denmark when cartoons portraying Muhammad caused worldwide anger among Muslims.
So, too, did a YouTube video which was also used as a scapegoat by the Obama administration to cover up a terrorist attack during the 2012 presidential campaign in Benghazi, Libya.
Charlie Hebdo was fire-bombed in November of 2011 for poking fun of Muhammad. Authorities have suggested that the recent attack is the result of a cartoon caricature of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi.
Unfortunately, the problem of dealing with Islamic extremism is further enhanced by responses such as those from Howard Dean and others who refuse to recognize the truth.
As long as leaders in the West are in denial about what Islam really is and what it hopes to accomplish, we will never be able to tackle the threats of terror with any degree of success.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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