Thomas Friedman: You can't dance around the topic of radical Islam, say It Like It Is

I’ve never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won’t go to pay for this?

When you don’t call things by their real name, you always get in trouble. And this administration, so fearful of being accused of Islamophobia, is refusing to make any link to radical Islam from the recent explosions of violence against civilians (most of them Muslims) by Boko Haram in Nigeria, by the Taliban in Pakistan, by Al Qaeda in Paris and by jihadists in Yemen and Iraq. We’ve entered the theater of the absurd.

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5 comments on “Thomas Friedman: You can't dance around the topic of radical Islam, say It Like It Is

  1. dwstroudmd+ says:

    Ah, but Obama and his administration minions are in this matter especially fond of “truthiness” rather than truth. They’ll manage somehow and it will be a legacy like the rest of his (and their) naivete and inexperience and ignorance.

  2. Pb says:

    It is all about the narrative (political) and facts have to be rebutted since they are often harmful to the president.

  3. Pb says:

    Imagine a Christian group called The Last Crusade that went around bombing Muslim sites in order to recapture the lands which Christians lost. I guess this would be just another example of violent extremists.

  4. Dan Crawford says:

    Actually we’ve been in the theater of the absurd since the week of 9/11 when the POTUS proclaimed from the pulpit of the National Cathedral that Islam was a religion of “peace and compassion”.

  5. Pb says:

    Reminds me of the scene in Dr. Strangelove where troops attacked an Air Force base. In the background was a billboard with the slogan of the Strategic Air command – Peace Is Our Profession. Islam apparently believes in the same type of peace.