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Civilized Muslims Tell Savage Muslims What They Need to Hear

A French Muslim holds a sign reading “Not in My Name.” (Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/Getty)
Meanwhile Obama stiffs the French and twists words into knots to avoid the truth.


Prominent Muslim officials are standing up and telling radical Muslims to stop their madness, lay down their weapons, and join the 21st century.

Just days after militant-Islamic terrorists turned Charlie Hebdo’s Paris newsroom into a killing field, the mayor of Rotterdam offered choice words to many of his fellow Muslims in Holland.

“It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” Ahmed Aboutaleb told the Dutch TV program Nieuwsuur (Newshour). “But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave. . . . Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at.” The native of Morroco notably added: “If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f**k off.”

What Mayor Aboutaleb’s remarks lacked in gentility, they more than delivered in desperately needed candor. He bracingly declared what leading, civilized Muslims need to say, and savage Muslim extremists need to hear.

Far more eloquent and momentous were the words of Egyptian president Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi.


“We must take a long, hard look at the situation we are in,” Al-Sisi told men of the Muslim cloth on December 28, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute’s priceless translation. “It is inconceivable that the ideology we sanctify should make our entire nation a source of concern, danger, killing, and destruction all over the world.” He continued: “I say these things here, at Al-Azhar, before religious clerics and scholars . . . We need to revolutionize our religion. . . . The world in its entirety awaits your words, because the Islamic nation is being torn apart, destroyed, and is heading to perdition. We ourselves are bringing it to perdition.”

Al-Sisi’s venue was nearly as important as his remarks. Many Muslims consider Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque to be, more or less, the Mormon Tabernacle of Islam. Al-Sisi’s statement, at that spot, was uniquely brave and hard-hitting.

With this recent theological focus on Cairo, it is fascinating to compare Al-Sisi’s comments with those of Obama, who famously addressed the Muslim world from the Egyptian capital soon after he entered the White House. “I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world,” Obama said, “one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.”

Obama’s words were childishly naïve then. Given Islamic fundamentalism’s competitive tendencies, any ten-year-old who watches the news now would find Obama’s remarks laughable. Even worse, Obama remains frightfully unserious about the deadly threat of militant Islam. He and his adminstration blithely denounce “violent extremism,” as if trigger-happy Methodists or bomb-throwing vegans were America’s and civilization’s chief existential threat.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls suffers no such fuzzy thinking. France, he said on Saturday, “is at war with terrorism, jihadism, and radical Islamism.” He added: “[Our] indignation must be total and permanent.”

Why can’t Obama and his team use equally direct and honest language to identify the radical-Islamic enemy that butchers cartoonists, shoots kosher-grocery patrons, turns Nigerian girls into sex slaves, straps bomb belts to their waists, and then detonates them in open-air markets? White House press secretary Josh Earnest told journalists in a recent press briefing that a February White House conference on “violent extremism” would involve “strategies we can deploy to better promote pluralism, inclusion, and resilience in communities all across the country.”

Obama’s strategic obfuscation approximates FDR’s calling the Nazis “extreme Europeans” or rallying the Allies against “violent Europeanism.”

Add to all this the humiliating absence of Obama from that dramatic anti-terrorism march in Paris on January 11 and his manifest uninterest in sending Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John “Big Hug” Kerry, or even telling his virtual twin, Attorney General Eric Holder, to join the procession. Holder already was in Paris that morning. Obama then injected Dijon mustard into this fresh wound: He somehow found time the next day to meet with the San Antonio Spurs and show off his brand-new basketball jersey.

Amid aggressive, accelerating, bloodthirsty, global jihad, America needs a president of the United States. Alas, we’re stuck with an Adolescent-in-Chief.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. 

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.


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