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  • Al-Qaeda is Not a Competing Political Party

    Heritage Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs James Phillips watched President Barack Obama’s first televised interview and comments:

    President Obama offered a new tone but little substance. He proclaimed that “we are ready to initiate a new partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest.” But he displayed amazing naivete in defining what those common interests are, suggesting that al-Qaeda leaders “seemed nervous” because their ideas are bankrupt: “There’s no actions that they’ve taken that say a child in the Muslim world is getting a better education because of them, or has better health care because of them.”

    This statement reveals an enormous misunderstanding of the ideological roots of Islamist terrorism and a shocking lack of respect for the powerful motivating force of the idea of jihad for al-Qaeda supporters. The President implies that a better education policy or health care plan will inevitably doom al-Qaeda, as if that terrorist network is competing like a political party to benefit Muslim voters rather than trying to violently impose its radical ideas on people that it views as misguided Muslims.

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    2 Responses to Al-Qaeda is Not a Competing Political Party

    1. Ozzy6900, CT (The Bl says:

      President Obama is now showing the American People that he is NOT up to the task of leading us! It is incomprehensible in this time of history, that someone can be this wrong!

    2. J. Jolene Atkins says:

      One wonders how he could not by this time realize the true motives of Al Quaeda, Hamas, etc. Let's hope and pray that he gets some good briefings from those who are to keep him advised. The terrorists do not want to "shake hands" with us. They want to kill us. I want our president to keep us safe.

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