Seal of the new Caliphate
In a more general sense, this is something that’s been happening since the days right after 9/11: American leaders insisting that the actions of jihadists do not represent “true” Islam. It’s utter nonsense, of course; in fact, one can argue that the jihadists are practicing the faith exactly as Muhammad intended, following his example. (Warning, gruesome photos)
And yet our leaders, both under Presidents Bush II and Obama, continue to insist that the actions of al Qaeda and, now, the Islamic State, really aren’t Islamic. President Obama provided the latest example during his address to the nation the other night:
Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL (sic) is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents.  And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.
Why the obfuscation? The leaders of al Qaeda, the late, unlamented Osama bin…
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