“Again, none of this is to deny or diminish the reality that we are at war with Islamist extremism — a fanatical ideology based on a twisted interpretation of Islam. Nor is it to minimize the need for smart, intelligence-driven measures to prevent terrorists from infiltrating our borders and exploiting our immigration policies.”
A reason there is so much loose and uniformed talk about Islam is the inability of our past 6 presidents to lead on the topic and clearly define the difference between Islam and radical Islamism like Petraeus does in this article.
I have been writing and speaking about this publicly for a year. My interfaith dialogues reveal a need for our political leaders to use clear and specific language. The audience always asks me why our leaders won’t talk like I do on the topic.
Hopefully our next president will be a leader and mold consensus as MLK asks for leaders to do. The American people deserve and ask for common sense talk on this topic.