Obama and Clinton and the Work of Terrorists

Ideology Matters


In blistering attack, Obama denounces Trump’s anti-Muslim fervour

President Barack Obama scathingly disparaged Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying the Republican seeking to succeed him in the White House was whipping up anti-Muslim fervour that betrays the core values of American democracy and is “doing the terrorists’ work for them.”

Paul Koring, Globe and Mail, June 15, 2016

Not putting the blame where it belongs is also doing the work of the terrorists. In the words of a former jihadist:

When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network, a series of semi-autonomous British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology, I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.

By blaming the government for our actions ... [they] did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology."

Hassan Butt, The Observer, My plea to fellow Muslims


At the beginning of the week Clinton, on CNN's "New Day" finally said the words, and more; the more including the flippant manner she said them:

And it mattered we got bin Laden, not what name we called him. I have clearly said we -- whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I'm happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing.

CNN June 14, 2016

Her dismissive response betrays a lack of appreciation of the existential threat we face. Jihadism is about a war of expansion and is by definition "radical":

Jihad: In law, according to general doctrine and in historical tradition, the jihad consists of military action with the object of the expansion of Islam and, if need be, of its defence.

Encyclopedia of Islam

Islamism is a violent ideology with jihad as its instrument for propagation. They are complementary not identical. The war against extremism cannot be won with leaders who do not appreciate this distinction.


There are over one billion Muslims in the world. Surely you're not suggesting they are all violent. Groups like ISIS have political motivations but use religion as a recruiting tool for their twisted beliefs.

My response:

Of course not, but the ideology matters, and none seem willing to address the root cause, in part because they do not, like Clinton has demonstrated, have a clue having never read, it is obvious, the relatively short violent hate-filled document that lauds the superior religion just like Mein Kampf lauded the superior race, and we know what that led to.

Theology i.e. ideology matters as does the means to make it triumph, Allah's denial that it is terrorism notwithstanding (rev. 50:45).

61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion ...

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror ..."

Bukhari 52.220

50:45 We know better what they say and you are not a tyrant terrorizing them. So, remind, by the Qur’an, him who fears My Warning.

Bernard Payeur