Arab press cheers Obama for 'de-linking' Muslims and terror
Well, at least some people are happy that our president has banished the words "Islam" and "Islamic extremist," and "Muslim terrorist" from the government lexicon.
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu writing in Arutz Sheva:
A leading international Arab newspaper has hailed U.S. President Barack Obama for officially removing the description "Muslim terrorist" as part of his campaign "to reach out to the Muslim world." The op-ed did not note the radical Muslim bacgkround of the terrorists and reasoned they are equal to other terrorists whose religion is not connected with their acts.
Osman Mirghani, the deputy editor-in-chief of 'Al-Sharq Al-Awsat,' which is owned by a Saudi Arabian company and published in London, wrote an op-ed last week under the headline "Why Didn't Obama Mention Islam?." The Obama administration has broken from the Bush government's policy of using the term "Islamic terrorism" in official documents and "no longer [is] responding to extremist voices" that call for targeting home countries of terrorists, he explained.
He said the president is carrying out his pledge in his "reaching out to Muslims speech" at Cairo University in June 2008. Regarding Obama's statements on the botched Times Square bombing, the editor praised President Obama for not once referring to prime suspect Faisal Shahzad's being Muslim and for not "mentioning Islam in discussing the terrorist operation."
Oh, joy. Maybe we were wrong about this. If the rest of the world pretends that there's no such thing as a "Muslim terrorist" maybe all we have to do to get rid of terrorism is click our heels together three times and say "There are no Muslim extremists who are terrorists."
Anybody got a pair of ruby slippers?