CHARLOTTE, NC, November 22, 2016 – Terrorism and ISIS have been relegated to the back burner in recent weeks but, rest assured, it is only a matter of time before they are above the fold again in every newspaper in the country.
With all the controversy surrounding the presidential election we seem to have forgotten that there are multiple opportunities for attacks coming before the transition of power in Washington is complete.
Bowl games, Christmas, New Year’s and even the inauguration itself could be prime targets. If the West manages to avoid those land mines, there is always the idea of challenging Donald Trump’s resolve by stirring up trouble before he has any chance to settle in to the Oval Office.
All of which makes the position of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, even more interesting in a time when we have been told repeatedly by the Obama administration that “Isil has nothing to do with Islam.”
Welby argued in a story that appeared in the British newspaper the “Telegraph”, “unless people recognize and attempt to understand the motivation of terrorists, they will never be able to combat their ideology effectively.”
That position has been put forth numerous times by various critics of Islam, but rarely has a political or religious figure of the caliber of Justin Welby made such a claim.
Welby’s observations followed calls from high profile figures to stop using the term “Islamic State” because doing so adds legitimacy to their propaganda. According to the Western officials making the requests, the barbaric strategies employed by ISIS go against Islamic ideology and teaching.
Such statements are not only false, but even more dangerous than the claim that “ISIS is not Islam.”
Already there has been speculation from fearful opponents of Donald Trump that his campaign position of denying Muslim refugees safe haven in the U.S. will only serve to make Islamists hate us more. That stance alone is completely untrue, because the level of hatred in the minds of Islamic jihadists is already at its peak.
Welby asserted that it is “time for countries across Europe to recognize and rediscover the “Judeao Christian” roots of their (own) culture to find solutions to the mass disenchantment which led to the Brexit vote in the UK and the rise of anti-establishment leaders in the continent and beyond.”
ISIS has been successful against the West by taking advantage of our own ignorance and political correctness. They have taken the time to learn our language and its nuances so they can speak directly to those they are attempting to recruit.
Islamists know how Westerners will react and respond to any given situation before we do. They have been emboldened by our unwillingness to learn the motivations of Islam because we still believe it is possible to negotiate “reasonably” with them.
And while they laugh at us behind our backs, we continue to perpetuate the very same policies that have strengthened the terrorists for decades.
Understanding the true tenets of Islam is not difficult. It is all there in black and white in the Koran and Hadith. The history of the Prophet Muhammad is further evidence of the truth.
Muslim advocates will tell you that Islam must be interpreted in Arabic because there is no other way to understand the religion other than the context of its native language.
That is nothing more than a rationalization to justify their goals. It is part of an Islamic strategy called taqiyya which is the permission to lie to non-believers in order to protect Islam. Taqiyya goes so far as to allow Muslims to renounce Allah so long as they remain pure in their heart and only use it as a tactic against persecution or to gain an advantage.
For the moment the United States is traveling down parallel tracks. Currently the main line remains mired in despair over Donald Trump’s presidency and whether the nation can survive for at least four years. No matter what happens, that way of thinking will not change. There may be diversions along the way, but the efforts to do Trump in will likely continue for the duration of his time in office.
The other track will be the various terrorist attacks that will ultimately occur. They will temporarily take precedence over Trump-mania, but eventually, when things settle down, it will all come back to the president.
How Trump handles the situation and other road blocks he must deal with will largely determine whether he will be able to re-unite the country in some manner.
Perhaps Donald Trump should put the Archbishop of Canterbury’s phone number on speed dial.
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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.
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