Confession: I didn’t watch Obama’s ISIS speech. I knew what it would be all about, and besides, the Tigers are trying for their 4th straight AL Central title, so I have my priorities.
But I did read the transcript, and this kind of willful ignorance is why I didn’t bother:
At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL – which calls itself the “Islamic State.”
Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.
The Islamic State isn’t really Islamic? That must explain why they want to kill anybody who won’t convert to Islam even at the expense of any innocent Muslims who might be collateral damage. Clearly these particular terrorists could be Amish.
Just for kicks, let’s assume unhinged radicals from the Christian Coalition beheaded a couple of American journalists and killed hundreds (or thousands) of other people. Would Obama’s statement have begun by reminding everybody that the “Christian Coalition” is not “Christian”?