SAN ANTONIO, February 22 — There are two parts to President Obama’s foreign policy doctrine. The first, which has been public for some time now, is that Islam is not responsible for or related in any way to Islamic terrorism. Obama will not even utter the words “fundamentalist Islamic terrorism.” This is rooted in a false, utopian understanding of human nature and a dangerously ignorant form of political correctness.
Obama revealed the second part of his foreign policy doctrine this week: Islamic terrorism is rooted in poverty, not in the Koranic. This part of Obama’s delusional foreign policy is based squarely on dogmatic, radical Marxist ideology, which Obama uses as a lens through which to view the world. There is no rational basis for this view, and overwhelming evidence shows that Islamic terrorism is based upon a fundamentalist interpretation of the Koran.
Marx’s historical view is called “economic determinism,” the belief that economics is the only dynamic force in society and that all other aspects of human behavior and society are determined by economics. Marx believed that economics explains all the ills of the world. Obama’s belief in economic determinism explains his adherence to the wholly dogmatic ideology that the root cause of Islamic terrorism is poverty.
Numerous administration officials have repeated this view, including Obama himself, Secretary of State John Kerry, and administration spokespeople like Marie Harf. When asked about the administrations strategy to defeat ISIS, the State Department spokeswoman said, “But we cannot win this war by killing them, we need … to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs …”
Harf later argued that the U.S. should work with other countries to “help improve their governance” and “help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.”
Kerry followed up with that argument on Thursday, in a speech at the Countering Violent Extremesm summit. Kerry started out on the right foot, stating that we must define our enemy before we can defeat them. “Why do people make what to many of us would seem to be an utterly wrongheaded choice and become the kind of terrorists that we’re seeing? It’s a question that we need to approach with humility, but also with determination, because you cannot defeat what you don’t understand.”
Predictably, that glimmer of common sense was quickly replaced with economic determinism. “In some cases, they may come from a lost job or from the contrast between one family’s empty dinner plate and a fancy restaurant’s lavish menu. The poison might even come from within, in the form of rebellion against anonymity, the desire to belong to a group, people who want a moment of visibility and identity, or the hunger for black-and-white answers to problems that are very complex in a remarkably more complicated world.”
In making this argument, the administration ignores the overwhelming evidence that most all radical Islamic terrorists come from privileged or middle class backgrounds. Michelle Malkin, writing in the National Review, observed:
“Britain’s MI5 (equivalent to the FBI in America) reported in 2011 that two-thirds of the U.K’s jihad suspects were from middle-class backgrounds, ‘showing there is no simplistic relationship between poverty and involvement in Islamist extremism.’ Thorough reviews of the empirical evidence shows, as the RAND Corporation has reported, that ‘terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.'”
The reasoning behind why more lower class individuals do not become radical Islamic terrorists is fairly uncomplicated, as pointed out by Peter Bergen, National Security Analyst for CNN. “The fact is, working stiffs with few opportunities and scant education are generally too busy getting by to engage in revolutionary projects to remake society. And history, in fact, shows us that terrorism is generally a bourgeois endeavor.”
Specific facts prove this theory, as pointed out by the same CNN article:
- Osama bin Laden, was the son of a Saudi construction magnate who attended the top high school and the best university in Saudi Arabia;
- The “underwear bomber” Umar Abdulmuttalab, who tried to set off a bomb on a U.S. passenger jet flying over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, is the son of one of the richest men in Africa and attended University College London, which routinely rates among the best universities in the world;
- Anwar al-Awlaki, the late leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who tasked the underwear bomber to blow up an American plane over an American city, was studying for his Ph.D. at George Washington University before he took up arms with al Qaeda. Awlaki’s father was a Cabinet minister in Yemen;
- the Fort Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, was not only an officer in the U.S. Army and a psychiatrist, but was also from a comfortably middle-class family in Virginia;
- Faisal Shahzad, who tried to blow up a bomb-laden SUV in Times Square on May 1, 2010 obtained an MBA in the United States and had worked as a financial analyst for the Elizabeth Arden cosmetics company. His father was one of the top officers in the Pakistani military;
- Mohamed Atta who led the 9/11 attacks was the son of an Egyptian lawyer, and had worked on a doctorate in, of all things, urban preservation at a German university; and,
- the present leader of al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, is a surgeon who comes from a leading Egyptian family that counts ambassadors, politicians and prominent clerics amongst its ranks.
These privileged radical Islamic terrorists have adopted this lifestyle not because they are jealous that John Kerry is worth over 200 million dollars, but for one very simple reason: an interpretation of the Koran that demands that Muslims kill infidels.
In 1998, when bin Laden first announced a fatwa (religious ruling) calling for Jihad against the West, he didnt begin his proclamation with complaints of poverty or oppression, he began it with direct quotes from the Koran:
“Praise be to Allah, who revealed the Book, controls the clouds, defeats factionalism, and says in His Book: ‘But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)’; and peace be upon our Prophet, Muhammad Bin-‘Abdallah, who said: ‘I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but Allah is worshipped, Allah who put my livelihood under the shadow of my spear and who inflicts humiliation and scorn on those who disobey my orders.'”
Islamists do not beg for jobs as they are slaughtering infidels; they scream “Allahu Akbar” — “God is Great.” Obama and his cronies are living in a utopian fantasy world where redistribution of wealth will solve everything.
Our enemies know that America has never had more feckless, delusional leadership, and most radical Islamic terrorists are neither stupid nor irrational. They will try their hardest to take advantage of this period of unbelievable weakness in American history. If America is not struck by another massive terrorist attack on our own soil before the end of Obama’s presidency, it will be nothing short of a miracle.