Fear of the name only increases fear of the thing itself. So says Professor Dumbledore of Harry Potter fame when trying to convince the inhabitants of his wizarding world that it is alright to say the name of his nemesis, Lord Voldemort. It is too bad that President Obama did not attend Hogwarts.
President Obama turns himself inside out rather than verbally identify his and our arch enemy, radicalized Islamic terrorists. Case in point. Last December a radicalized Islamic terrorist butchered fourteen co-workers celebrating Christmas in San Bernardino. The Presidents first response was to declare that we did not know their motivation in committing this crime and when that did not fly he deigned to call it terrorism but not radicalized Islamic terrorism. He then lectured a still reeling audience about stricter gun control and not blaming the attack on Islam. Sound familiar?
If you feel as if you are experiencing déjà vu – you are. That is almost the exact same thing that President Obama did and said this past weekend after over one hundred people were mown down at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando Florida. While the bodies of the dead still lay inside the nightclub and family members sobbed outside, President Obama on Sunday morning admitted this was terrorism but said “We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer.” This despite the fact that the killer had called 911 while he was shooting and given credit to ISIS and declared solidarity with the Boston Marathon terrorists. The President then pivoted to his primary political object that morning, gun control. He spoke for five minutes. A full one third of that time was spent on guns not the terrorist.
Why is the President so reluctant discuss terrorism and to name the murderers in Orlando, San Bernardino, Chattanooga, Garland, Merced, Philadelphia, Boston and Fort Hood as radicalized Islamic terrorists? White House spokesman Josh Earnest said from the podium it is because he does not want to “legitimize” the terrorists and because he does not want to inflame our sentiments against friendly Muslims.
First of all does the White House really think that ISIS and or ISIL are legitimized by the President calling them radicalized Islamic terrorists? They are legitimized as a real threat to us, our values, and our way of life by their actions. They have the ability to recruit suicidal soldiers over the internet. And now they have the ability to come into our work places, our night clubs, our colleges, our recruitment centers and in France last night our homes. They are a legitimate threat whether the President names them or not.
Secondly, am I the only one insulted by the President’s implication that I am too dimwitted to know that all Muslims are not terrorists? He intimates that if he calls them Islamic terrorists then most Americans will not be able to control their baser impulses and go out and shoot the next Muslim they see. He implies that the only thing standing between a sane America and wholesale carnage of Muslim Americans is him refusing to call Voldemort by his name.
Today he scoffed at those who have become annoyed at his reluctance to say the words Islamic terrorist. He snidely said at his press conference this afternoon “There’s no magic to the phrase, ‘radical Islam.’ It’s a political talking point; it’s not a strategy.” Then Mr. President why not use it?
By not using the phrase radical Islam you give a dangerous amount of power to the PC police. You make people afraid to report suspicious activity for fear of being labeled a racist or a bigot. Two dire examples of this fear are the neighbors of the San Bernardino terrorist who noticed odd behavior but were afraid to go to the police because they did not want to be accused of profiling. A second one is the security guard who worked alongside the Orlando terrorist for a year (at a Homeland Security subcontractor no less). He noticed the terrorist’s hostility and heard his claims of familial relations in Al Qaeda and tried to report it to his boss. The boss said forget it, he’s a Muslim. The FBI came to investigate the shooter – twice. They closed the books on him because he said his fellow employees were just picking on him because – wait for it – he is a Muslim.
When you refuse to name the enemy you do more than increase fear of the thing itself. You give them power over you. By refusing to identify radicalized Islamic terrorists, President Obama has given them the power to make Americans look away from profound danger that is right under their collective noses. If only Dumbledore were in the White House.