Over the last few years, the phrases “Islamic extremism” and “Muslim terrorist” have become victims of the political left’s war on words. Previous casualties in the conflict include “illegal” immigrant (now “undocumented”), global warming (now “climate change”) affirmative action (now “diversity”), and so on.
This name game isn’t just done by the left of course. “Enhanced interrogation” and other phrases come to mind from the right. However, this latest attempt spearheaded by President Obama and his administration to label Islamic terrorism as “violent extremism” is particularly bad, and very stupid.
What does the phrase even mean? You are an extremist committing violent acts? Does this apply to serial killers too? Muggers maybe? If you are an “extreme” person and “violent”, you fit the literal bill.
Islamic extremism, at this current juncture in our history, is a more unique threat than most forms of violence. Not necessarily because of the body counts, as over 15,000 Americans are murdered domestically every year, and very few if any of them are killed as the result of radical Islam. Rather, the true threat comes from the jihadists’ end goals.
These are people who would, if they could, detonate a nuclear device in a Western city, use chemical weapons, bioweapons, and long range missiles, as well as many other forms of powerful weapons to destroy their enemies and kill endless numbers of innocents. The average mugger isn’t looking to exterminate most of the human race.