- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 12, 2015

Former President George W. Bush called it clearly when asked about Islamic State terrorists and his views of their murderous actions, saying simply: “Evil is real,” he said, a local television station reported.

“There is no light grey,” he said from the presidential address at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, KTBC TV reported. “Murdering innocent people to move a political point of view has been, is and always will be evil.”

Mr. Bush was also asked about the Paris terrorist attacks that started at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and then moved to a Jewish grocery, leaving numerous dead.

“[The] nature of these enemies are the same of those who attacked us on our soil,” he said in an apparent reference to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror strikes on America, The Blaze reported. “They strike in order to frighten us who believe in freedom.”

Mr. Bush’s unfettered views are a sharp contrast to those of President Obama’s, who has been soundly criticized in recent weeks for refusing to use the word “Islamist” when describing certain acts of terror.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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