No matter who was elected last Tuesday, Islamic groups like ISIS and al Qaeda would be furiously plotting to test their fledgling presidencies as soon as possible. At no point is our Republic weaker than in those months of transition, when everyone is getting settled in a new administration. These Islamic radicals are crazy, but they have proven over and over again that they are not stupid.
If they are experts at anything, it is the art of propaganda. And they recognize that Donald Trump gives them a unique springboard for their hateful, deceptive rhetoric.
“This guy is a complete maniac. His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands,” one ISIS commander – Abu Omar Khorasani – told Reuters.
Trump, much unlike Clinton or Obama, has been unafraid to address Islamic extremism without the dangerous shackles of political correctness. He has vowed to destroy ISIS and make it extremely difficult for Muslims to enter the U.S. from terrorist hotbeds. This kind of talk resonated among Americans who have watched helplessly for the last eight years as Democrats cozy up to organizations like CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood, to say nothing of Islamic Iran.
But talk doesn’t defeat terror; only action can do that.
As president, Donald Trump will almost certainly have to confront one or more major tragedies – massacres arising from within the darkest bowels of Islam. The American people are counting on him to respond with the decisiveness and clarity Obama never gave us. By all means, he should differentiate between your average Muslim and your average terrorist, but he can’t make the mistake of pretending there’s no connection between Islam and Islamism.
It remains to be seen how Trump will wage war on terror, but it’s enough for now to know that we have a president who sees the threat for what it is.
In the meantime, of course these hives of propaganda will see in Trump an opportunity to radicalize the ignorant. But that’s not as new or unique as some would have you believe. Obama, Bush, Kerry, and Hillary have been used in ISIS/al Qaeda propaganda for years. No matter who occupies the Oval Office, they are only symbols of the Great Satan to these evil legions.
Only difference is that THIS symbol might not be so harmless to their existence.