- - Thursday, April 7, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

From the 2009 Fort Hood shooting to the 2015 San Bernardino massacre and the recent Brussels bombings, radical Islamic terrorists have been wreaking havoc and destroying lives worldwide.

In just the last five years of the Obama administration, terror deaths have increased 800 percent globally.

However, as these horrifying attacks reveal the dangerous realities of the growth of radical Islam, President Obama continues to refuse to name our enemy.

We are at war, and Mr. Obama simply will not acknowledge this truth.

“Groups like ISIL can’t destroy us, they can’t defeat us. They don’t produce anything. They’re not an existential threat to us,” Mr. Obama said following the attacks in Brussels.

Could he be more wrong?

Radical Islamic terror groups are now operating in more countries than ever before, have access to more powerful weapons than ever before, are taking more lives than ever before and are planning more acts of terror than ever before.

Still, Mr. Obama continues to insist, “ISIL is not Islamic.”

At last month’s press conference following the nuclear arms talk, Mr. Obama used the phrases “scourge of terrorism” and “hands of terrorism,” not once saying radical Islamic terrorism.

French President Francois Hollande was not so cautious, referencing “Islamist terrorism” during his statement at the press conference, which was subsequently removed in a video released by the White House.

The White House responded to accusations of censorship regarding the missing comment about “Islamist terrorism,” claiming that it was a result of a “technical issue” and not an attempt to censor Mr. Hollande.

Meanwhile, more lives were lost at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists.

How can we possibly defeat an evil that our country’s leader refuses to name?

We cannot, which is why Mr. Obama’s purposeful refusal to say radical Islamic terrorism is a much larger problem than many previously realized.

To defeat ISIL and other radical Islamic terror groups, we must join other nations and their leaders in condemning these extremists, calling them out for exactly who and what they are.

We cannot eradicate radical Islamic terrorism if we cannot acknowledge that it exists.

Until America does this, these radical groups will continue to grow in size and strength, threatening the lives of citizens worldwide, a risk that we simply should not be willing to take.

Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. The author’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

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