It’s the gang that can’t think straight. It’s saddled up and riding into the news.
Today it is repeating the worn-out meme that Islamophobia causes Islamist terrorism. Any time anyone decides to fight back against Islamist terrorism, any time anyone does anything to protect his nation from the scourge, the gang that can’t think straight will pop up on your television screen to explain: you have just given the terrorists a recruiting tool.
If the thought causes you to cringe in fear, please do it privately.
Over at the Sultan Knish blog, Daniel Greenfield (via Maggie’sFarm) exposes the illogic behind the thought. As Greenfield put it, Connecticut senator Chris Murphy joined “a chorus of the clueless” in issuing a dire warning: if we don’t accept more Muslim refugees into the nation they will join ISIS and kill us.
Apparently, the lesson of Europe has been lost on the senator. Bless his heart, he has forgotten that Muslim refugees in Europe do not suddenly become proponents and practitioners of Judeo-Christian civilization. Their immersion in the warm bath of Western civilization often causes them to become even more radicalized… and to wish to impose their culture on the West.
Of course, Greenfield continues, it’s not just Democrats. Certain Republicans have bought the same illogical idea:
Singing their brains out in the same stupid chorus were Senator McCain and Senator Graham (“a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism”), Senator Ben Sasse (“the terrorist recruiters win by telling kids that America is banning Muslims”) and Senator Heitkamp (“confirms the lie terrorists tell their recruits: that America is waging a war on Islam.”)
Senator Cardin went one better by whining that keeping potential Islamic terrorists out, “promises to make the U.S. less safe and places our courageous servicemen and women in even greater danger as they fight against terrorism.” Just tell it to the Marines shot and killed by a Muslim immigrant at a Chattanooga recruiting station and Naval reserve center.
Greenfield continues, asking the salient question:
Why would we want to take in people who express their disagreement with our politics by shooting up a gay nightclub or a social service center that helps the developmentally disabled?
When normal people don’t like a policy, they protest or write a letter to the editor. They don’t plant a pressure cooker bomb next to a little boy or stab college students with a butcher knife.
Why all this talk about recruitment tools? In part, it pretends that Islamophobia was responsible for terrorism and that if we only purge it from our hearts and souls, the terrorism will stop. If you believe that you will believe anything. But, it also serves as a rationalization for inaction, a way to excuse the weak and pusillanimous Obama approach to terrorism.
Obviously, this conspicuous show of weakness tells Islamists that they are riding the strong horse. It tells them that they are winning. It’s like catnip for terrorists: they no longer need to think that Islam is a failed civilization. They can believe that Western civilization is in decline and that Islam is the future. Besides, ISIS did not exist until the advent of Obama.
ISIS recruitment has nothing to do with our immigration policy. Unless the world’s greatest ISIS recruiter was Obama.
ISIS had zero recruitment problems under Obama. There was no shortage of Muslims lining up to run over, rape, behead, bomb and mutilate non-Muslims even when his refugee policies bent over backward to favor Muslims. Instead that’s when “lone wolf terrorism” by ISIS supporters, some of whom had come here as first or generation refugees, took off.
At the height of Obama’s pro-Islamist policy, ISIS was picking up 2,000 new recruits a month. Even as he rolled out a plan to fight ISIS with aggressive tweeting, the Islamic State gained tens of thousands of recruits. There were investigations of ISIS sympathizers in every state and hundreds of Muslim settlers in America had traveled to join ISIS. Others carried out terror attacks here.
And also, this thinking relieves Barack Obama of responsibility:
Since none of this could be Obama’s fault, the media took to blaming random people who might make Muslims hate us. A guy who posted a YouTube video was blamed for a Muslim terror assault on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi. Hillary Clinton saw to it that he went to jail. A pastor who planned to burn the Koran got a phone call from the commander of United States Central Command. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer suggested that burning the Koran might not be protected by the Constitution. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez refused to rule out blasphemy laws.
None of this shameless unconstitutional pandering to terrorists stopped or even slowed down the tide of Muslim terror attacks. No ISIS recruit lifted a sword and then refused to behead a crying Kurdish teenager because Obama offered Muslims an incredibly generous refugee policy.
America and the West should have learned that appeasing fanatics does not work. Greenfield suggests that the Obama appeasement policy has encouraged and emboldened terrorists. If you want to stop terrorism, the solution is to defeat them decisively, to make them look weak and ineffectual:
If we really want to cut down on ISIS recruitment, the best way to do that is by beating Islamic terrorists. Leftists argued that our presence in Iraq was feeding Al Qaeda recruitment. So Obama pulled out. And Al Qaeda in Iraq turned into the Islamic State and became its own country. It went from a small group of terrorists to fielding an entire army. Obama’s pullout from Iraq allowed ISIS recruiters to build a country and an army.
Appeasing Islamic terrorists doesn’t work. It has never worked. And it will never work.