CAIR director: America holds blame for terrorism since we made them extremists

In the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack at the hands of a Muslim couple that killed 14 people, an official with the Council on American-Islamic Relations claimed terrorism is not a Muslim problem and said America is partly to blame for the carnage.

Pointing to American foreign policy, Hussam Ayloush, director of CAIR’s Los Angeles branch, claims the United States bears some of the blame for the rage behind Islamic extremism, Fox News reported.

“We complain that what are the Muslim people doing to root out terrorism and extremism,” Ayloush told CNN host Chris Cuomo in an appearance on the network. “Let’s not forget that some of our own foreign policy as Americans, as the West, has fueled that extremism.”

The CAIR director made these comments in San Bernardino, the site of Wednesday’s deadly attack — Cuomo did not challenge him.

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“When we support coup leaders in Egypt or some other place, when we support dictatorships, oppressive regimes around the world that push people over the edge, then they become extremists,” he said. “Then they become terrorists, we are partly responsible.”

He then repeated a frequent Obama administration talking point: “Look terrorism is a global problem not a Muslim problem.”

Keep in mind that while Ayloush blames America, the victims of Wednesday’s attack have yet to be laid to rest.

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