White House Avoids Using the Phrase "Radical Islam"

(Wall Street Journal) Laure Mandeville - After the horrific terrorist attacks that hit France on Jan. 7, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls identified "radical Islam" as our enemy. In France, most rallied to this clear acknowledgment of the threat we are dealing with, because it is simply impossible to deny. That is why it has sounded almost surreal when the U.S. administration goes to great lengths to insist that the terrorist attack had nothing to do with Islam. The intention is good: President Obama doesn't want to mix Islamist terrorists and the wider community of Muslims around the world. But to put a fig leaf over the threat doesn't make the problem go away. The writer is U.S. bureau chief for the French newspaper Le Figaro.

2015-01-26 00:00:00

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