Gov. Bobby Jindal takes on terrorism in a powerful London speech


CHARLOTTE, NC, January 21, 2015 – It is no surprise that the primary topic of conversation on Wednesday was about an overinflated ego and underinflated footballs.

Elsewhere, Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) had a strong message for Islamists during a speech London.

Addressing the Henry Jackson Society in the U.K., Jindal laid out a clear, specific message about the threat of Islamic jihad, defining Sharia law and clarifying the truth about so-called Muslim “moderates.“

Reporting for Breitbart News, Frank Gaffney wrote that Jindal may have reinforced his credentials as the Republican candidate for president in 2016 by establishing a high bar for Washington politicians to follow regarding global terror.

Gaffney believes Jindal’s courage in light of the pending 2016 campaign was extraordinary “at a time when the British government, our own, and virtually all others in the West persist in dissembling about the nature and wellspring of the ’terorism’ or, worse yet, ’violent extremism’ we predominantly face today.“

While Barack Obama spent more than an hour chastising his opponents, boasting of his accomplishments and playing Santa Claus in January, Jindal was posing real questions about real threats and offering real solutions.

Come January 2017, Barack Obama will be gone, but terrorist threat will still be with us. It is time for someone of high authority to establish a plan for dealing with the festering international crisis of Islamic jihad.

Speaking directly about a subject that Obama failed to even mention in his address to congress, Jindal stated boldly, “radical Islamists do advocate the slaughter of those who reject their views. Free peoples everywhere must not pretend otherwise and must not coddle those who hold these views. And they must have courage.

“A so-called religion that allows for and endorses killing those who oppose it is not a religion at all, it is a terrorist movement,” Jindal continued.

As an addendum, Jindal said he continues to believe that most Muslims do not endorse the savagery of Islamic extremism, but he went further by specifying that solutions must begin from within Islam itself.

Declaring what few, if any, politicians will openly admit, Jindal asserted, “If Islam does not support what is happening in the name of Islam, then they need to stand up and stop it. Many Islamic leaders argue that these are the acts of a radical few.

“Ok, it is their problem, and they need to deal with it,” announced Jindal. “Muslim leaders must make clear that anyone who commits acts of terror in the name of Islam is in fact not practicing Islam at all. If they refuse to say this, then they are condoning these acts of barbarism.” (emphasis added)

The Louisiana governor did not stop there, however. Continuing his thoughts he added, “It’s not enough to simply condemn violence, they must stand up and loudly proclaim that these people are not martyrs who will receive a reward in the afterlife, and rather they are murderers who are going to hell.”

It was then that Jindal drove his point home saying, “If they refuse to do that, then they are part of the problem. There is no middle ground here.” (emphasis added)

Back in Washington, the president was making all the news with the usual media frenzy, the traditional partial standing ovations and the ho-hum rhetoric of the State of the Union Address.

In London, however, much like President Abdel el-Sisi of Egypt did at the turn of the year, Governor Bobby Jindal created real news which Frank Gaffney believes “has thrust himself into the forefront of the national political debate about the central security threat of our time.”

Gaffney claims Jindal’s comments will ultimately “resonate powerfully with the American people and could alter permanently the dynamics of a political environment in which actual and aspiring leaders of both parties have largely chosen the easy course when it comes to Islam of intellectual sloth (“political correctness”), vapid, misleading, or downright dishonest rhetoric (generally conforming, whether acknowledged or not, to shariah blasphemy codes) and elitist theories completely unmoored from reality.”

Time will tell, of course, but, on the other hand, given there are two years remaining in the current administration, time is of the essence.

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 (

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