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Relegating Radical Islam to the ‘Ash Heap of History’

On June 8th, 1982 in a speech before the British Parliament President Ronald Reagan blazed forth with his belief that ”[T]he march of freedom and democracy . . . will leave Marxist Leninism on the ash heap of history.” Nine years later, on Christmas Day 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time.

Fast forward to February 15th, 2017 and the meeting between President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, D.C.

During a press conference Prime Minister Netanyahu said to President Trump,

“Under your leadership, I believe we can reverse the rising tide of radical Islam, and in this great task, as in so many others, Israel stands with you and I stand with you. Mr. President, in rolling back militant Islam, we can seize an historic opportunity because for the first time in my lifetime and for the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally.”

Breitbart’s Edwin Mora reports:

President Donald Trump’s deputies intend to overhaul President Barack Obama’s “Countering Violent Extremism” program to focus only on Islamist extremism, says Reuters.

The shift is not finalized, but is expected to reduce federal focus on non-Islamic extremism, reports Reuters, citing five unnamed people briefed on the matter. The shift may also cut off pending federal funding for Islamic groups.

The pending reorganization comes after widespread reports that Obama’s program has already failed, largely because of opposition by resident Muslim activists and groups, say some Republican lawmakers and news outlets.

Reuters notes:

The program, ‘Countering Violent Extremism,’ or CVE, would be changed to ‘Countering Islamic Extremism’ or ‘Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,’ the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

The news outlet cites Hoda Hawa, director of policy for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), who said she learned of the push to refocus the CVE program “from tackling all violent ideology to only Islamist extremism” from unnamed U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials last week.

MPAC has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and has previously advocated for the removal of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the group Palestinian Islamic Jihad from the U.S. State Department list of designated terrorist groups.

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President Trump has now named the evil empire bent on stopping the march of freedom and democracy in the world. That neo-evil empire is lead by radical Islamic supremacists. It is called “the Caliphate.” The restoring of the caliphate has been and remains the ultimate goal of radical Islamists.

Marxism, Leninism and radical Islam share a common ideal, the replacement of freedom with subjugation and replacing democracy with a totalitarian ideology based upon a fanatical world view.

President Trump understands this, others do not. The others are the followers of Marx, Lenin and Mohammed.

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The End of Countering Violent Extremism, the Start of Countering Radical Islamic Extremism

A few days ago, I correctly pointed out that by far the most important paragraph of the President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration was being widely overlooked by the media. While they carried on their endless discussion of the completely tangential list of exactly which countries citizens had their nonexistent “right” to enter the United States curtailed, the administration continued to pursue its clearly defined purpose. That purpose is to focus the full resources of the federal government on the only ideology that threatens the republic at this time.

From Reuters:

Exclusive: Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam – sources

The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

Such a change would reflect Trump’s election campaign rhetoric and criticism of former President Barack Obama for being weak in the fight against Islamic State and for refusing to use the phrase “radical Islam” in describing it. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for attacks on civilians in several countries.

The Reuters piece goes on to say that the Trump administration is now looking carefully at all grant allocations, the precise nature of the recipients of taxpayer money, and resource usage. The implication is that only Islam will be considered a threat, and whatever resources are currently directed at other forms of “extremism,” such as “Life After Hate which rehabilitates former neo-Nazis and other domestic extremists,” will be removed. No doubt there are threats (even deadly, murderous ones) from non-Islamic terrorists, but they are for criminal agencies to work on; they don’t represent a credible threat to overturn the entire US Constitution. That is what makes Islam and jihad unique.

None of this will come as a surprise to those of you who read the guiding paragraph of the executive order, which I wrote about. The entire thrust of this administration is to tackle Islam as an political ideology incompatible with the Constitution.

At the same time, CNN has dug up an interview Steve Bannon gave in 2010 on the late Avi Davis’s podcast, in which:

Bannon mocked Bush for proclaiming “Islam is a religion of peace.”

“Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of submission. Islam means submission.”

One small step for Jihad Watch readers, one giant leap for mankind, when the direction of the new administration is to replace the lie of “Islam is a religion of peace” with a more realistic assessment of jihadi goals and methods. Especially those methods such as indoctrination and infiltration, which the Muslim Brotherhood and its front organisations have been employing so successfully for years.

This Bannon quote on Islam came up in a White House Press briefing.

Sean Spicer deflected the question; importantly, he did not counter, criticise or address what the journalist reported that Bannon had said; nor did he say that Trump would distance himself from it.

Once again, the new administration is going in a very interesting direction, and the old media is unable to understand what has changed. They’re not ready to come to terms with the complete removal of the “Islam is a religion of peace” doctrine and its replacement with treating Islam and jihad in the West as a hostile political movement.

One final piece to bring back. At times on the campaign trail, before he switched almost exclusively to teleprompter speeches, Donald Trump recited a poem about a snake. He made it very clear in the introduction that he was talking about Islam. Not just immigration. Again, that was largely overlooked by the media.

The press is attacking Bannon and Trump for holding these views. They’re going to try to coerce either of them back to the politically correct “Islam is a religion of peace” doctrine. As you Americans are fond of saying, good luck with that.

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No Bark, No Bite

To anybody who missed it, President Obama convened another talking-shop in Washington this week.  Events in Iraq, Syria, Libya, France, Denmark and elsewhere have not after all escaped the President’s notice.  And so he decided to put together a conference to discuss ‘Countering Violent Extremism’.

This term itself is, it should be embarrassingly admitted from the start, a piece of imported British circumlocution.  It was the Labour government in Britain post-2005 that came up with the definition of Jihadist terrorism as ‘violent extremism.’  The thought was that it was both important to de-couple ‘Islam’ from ‘terrorism’ and at the same time give off the message that anybody – of any religion or none – could potentially  turn into a ‘violent extremist’.

Naturally there were whole piles of failure in this concept – both in its thinking, implementation and results.  But it started from the problem that the thought was faulty.  All governments, including the British Labour government, which implemented it first – also know and have stated that our primary security threat comes from Islamist-inspired terrorism.  But another problem was that it didn’t work.  The terrorism problem did not improve.  Terrorists did not put down their weapons and stop plotting in appreciation of the linguistic subtleties of British law-makers.

There is something fiddling in the whole term and in the whole approach – an approach, incidentally, which Britain has been stepping away from even as America has been taking it up.

But there is a mistake happening on all sides here.  Critics of the President are overwhelmingly focusing on his unwillingness to even name the enemy he is aspiring to tackle.  But the larger problem to come out of President’s Obama’s summit is not the failure of language but the failure of action.  If President Obama were intent on degrading ISIS and had a plan to do so then many of his critics would allow him to call ISIS whatever he wanted.  If he had a policy to prevent Libya, on the southern shores of Europe, from turning that country into yet another country where people can be beheaded on camera purely because of their religious affiliation then the linguistic gymnastics might be forgiven.  But he appears to have a plan for none of these things.

It is an embarrassment that the President of the United States cannot name civilization’s enemy.  But what is a catastrophe is that other than holding endless colloquiums, he appears to have absolutely no plan to defeat them.

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