The debate taking place at present concerns whether or not to clearly specify the strong connection between extremist Islam and terrorism.
Staffers of the Special Operations Command (SoCom) in the Pentagon believe that the report must note that Salafi jihadism is the branch of Sunni Islam that is responsible for most global terrorism in the world today. Salafi jihadism is the ideology shared by the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
“Pretending there is no relationship between the violent jihadists and Islam isn’t going to win,” a source knowledgeable about the National Military Strategy told The Washington Times. “We’re completely ignoring the war of ideas. We’re still in denial. We’re pretending the enemy doesn’t exist.”
This is a remarkable example of how stupid our current global elite are. Talk about the politically correct denying reality. The guys who actually do much of the fighting, the US special forces, have to argue with the political elite that they are fighting … an enemy! As the indefatigable Robert Spencer notes,
Islamic jihadists routinely link Islam with violent jihad. In all their communiques and all their appeals for support, and in all their attempts to recruit peaceful Muslims, they invoke the Qur’an and Muhammad. The fact that this is controversial and still being discussed fifteen years after 9/11 is an indication of how deep the denial, and how serious the crisis, is in Washington.
hat-tip Stephen Neil