The killers, blood on their hands and weapons, explained precisely why they had brutally murdered a British soldier in broad daylight on a busy London street. “The only reason we killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers...” one said to a bystander recording the scene on a cell phone. “We are forced by the Koran... We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.”
In response, British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the “violent extremism and terror.” President Obama issued a statement the next day also condemning “violent extremism and terror.”
At this point, after more than a decade at war, can we not call this what it is? Can we not identify the enemy accurately?
We are not at war with “violent extremism.” We are at war with radical Islam. Our leaders will not admit what the enemy proudly proclaims. It is long past time to stop pretending that the threat to the West comes from a concept — “extremism” — and not one very specific sect of one very specific religion. It is unbecoming of the leaders of the West to be less honest than the enemy in describing the nature of the conflict at hand.