In the face of over a month of carnage by radical Muslim extremists resulting in hundreds of lives being lost, with Thursday’s attack in Nice, France, that claimed at least 84 lives, including many small children, being possibly the most gruesome, President Barack Obama felt compelled to once again defend Islam.
And while Obama said he will “destroy” ISIS, unlike the jihadists and their well-honed skill of killing, he is going to do it with… diplomacy.
Speaking at a White House reception for the Washington diplomatic corps Friday, the president upped his rhetoric to refer to the Islamic State as “a vile terrorist organization” — he still does not use the term radical Islam — but fell back on reminding all that Islam is a religion of “peace.”
“And in contrast to these terrorists who only know how to kill and destroy, we’re going to win this fight by building; by never giving up on diplomacy to end the Syrian civil war; by working with partners around the world, including Muslim communities, to push back against hateful ideologies that twist and distort Islam–a religion that teaches peace and justice and compassion,” Obama said.
Working hard to establish a narrative that his administration has been “relentless against terrorists,” the president insisted that “we cannot let ourselves be divided by religion.”
Though he didn’t mind being divided by politics.
Obama specifically targeted Donald Trump supporter Newt Gingrich, who spoke out strongly against the attack in France.
“In the wake of last night’s attacks, we’ve heard more suggestions that all Muslims in America be targeted, tested for their beliefs; some deported or jailed,” the president said. “And the very suggestion is repugnant and an affront to everything that we stand for as Americans.”
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