Even though socialist President Francois Hollande used the term ‘radical Islam’ to describe the attack on satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the White House will not. This was demonstrated Tuesday by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who contended that saying ‘radical Islam’ to describe the attack in Paris last week does not “accurately describe what happened.”
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Earnest made the comments in an exchange with Mara Liasson of National Public Radio (NPR) Tuesday, who asked him why the term has not been used by the White House.
“What they did is they tried to invoke their own distorted deviant view of Islam to try and justify them, Earnest said. “And I think that is completely illegitimate, and what we should do is call it what it is. And it is an act of terror and it is one we roundly condemn.”
Liasson challenged Earnest. “You have bent over backwards to not ever say [radical Islam],” she said. “There must be a reason.”
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“I certainly wouldn’t want to be in a position where I’m repeating the justification they have cited that I think is illegitimate. They had invoked Islam to justify their attacks,” Earnest answered.
I think what I’m trying to do is describe to you what happened and what they did. These individuals are terrorists… We have chosen not to use that label [of radical Islam] because it doesn’t seem to accurately describe what happened.
Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave a powerful statement condemning the terrorists:
The fact of the matter is this, ladies and gentlemen, that the international jihadist movement has declared war. They have declared war on anybody who does not think and act exactly as they wish they would think and act.
h/t: The Washington Times