McMaster: Jihadis are “really irreligious criminals who use a perverted…interpretation of religion”

McMaster says about the President retweeting videos of Muslims being violent: “Well, President Trump is the best judge of why he did that. But I know it was his intention to highlight the importance of creating safe and secure environments for our citizens — to make sure that we have the right laws in place, enforcement mechanisms in place, to ensure that, at this critical time, when ISIS is being defeated in the Middle East, that there is no return of terrorists and extremists who can pose a risk to the American people, or to our allies and partners.”

Fair enough. So far, so good. But then Chris Wallace says: “The woman whose tweets that he sent out has been convicted of hate crimes.”

Taking the British government’s actions as any authority without noticing its longstanding pattern of welcoming jihad preachers while hounding and persecuting foes of jihad terror is, at best, irresponsible journalism.

Wallace adds: “But his tweets were all about anti-Muslim — about Muslim violence, he was making it.” That he would buy into the establishment narrative that opposing jihad terror is “anti-Muslim” betrays a massive confusion on his part.

McMaster then says: “Well, those who adhere — those who adhere to this ideology are really irreligious criminals who use a perverted — what the president has called, a wicked interpretation of religion in an effort to — you know, to recruit young, impressionable people to their cause, to foment hatred, and use that hatred to perpetuate violence.”

Note that to say that the Islamic State adheres to a “perverted” interpretation of Islam is not at all the same thing as saying that it holds to a “wicked” interpretation of Islam.

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In any case, McMaster does not specify how the Islamic State’s understanding of Islam is “perverted.” Nor can he. This is yet more Obamoid wishful thinking. Trump, who campaigned on the strong implication that he would allow for a more realistic view of what we’re up against than Obama did, should not tolerate it in his White House. Fire McMaster!

“H.R. McMaster talks North Korea threat, Michael Flynn deal,” Fox News, December 3, 2017:

WALLACE: The president retweeted videos this week from a fringe anti-Muslim group called Britain First that purported to show Muslims, in some cases, inaccurately, Muslim immigrants committing acts of violence.

British Prime Minister May spoke out against the president, sending these tweets. Here’s what she had to say.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

THERESA MAY, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: The fact that we work together does not mean that we’re afraid to say that when we think the United States had got it wrong, and to be very clear with them. And I’m very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: General, why did President Trump send out those videos?

MCMASTER: Well, President Trump is the best judge of why he did that. But I know it was his intention to highlight the importance of creating safe and secure environments for our citizens — to make sure that we have the right laws in place, enforcement mechanisms in place, to ensure that, at this critical time, when ISIS is being defeated in the Middle East, that there is no return of terrorists and extremists who can pose a risk to the American people, or to our allies and partners.

WALLACE: But you know that, for instance, in the case of the Dutch video, it was not an immigrant that was involved. Britain First is a fringe, anti-Muslim group. The woman whose tweets that he sent out has been convicted of hate crimes.

Why is that useful for the president of the United States?

MCMASTER: Well, I mean, the key thing is, as you highlight the real risks that these terrorists pose to our citizens, that we make sure that we never buy into or reinforce the terrorist narrative — you know, this false narrative that this is a war of religion.

I mean, this is really a conflict that involves —

(CROSSTALK)

WALLACE: But his tweets were all about anti-Muslim — about Muslim violence, he was making it.

MCMASTER: Well, those who adhere — those who adhere to this ideology are really irreligious criminals who use a perverted — what the president has called, a wicked interpretation of religion in an effort to — you know, to recruit young, impressionable people to their cause, to foment hatred, and use that hatred to perpetuate violence.

And so, what we have to do is break that cycle of ignorance, hatred, violence at all points, and we’re defeating Daesh in its so-called caliphate, 95 —

WALLACE: ISIS.

MCMASTER: Or ISIS. Ninety-five percent of the territory that they have controlled has been taken back, and none of it has been regained by them.

But the other two things the president said we have to be able to do is cut off their financing, and to defeat their wicked ideology. And we’re working with allies and partners across the world, and especially in Muslim-majority countries, to do — to do this in really unprecedented ways….

Courtesy of Freedom Outpost

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer

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