A former Muslim extremist called out the Obama administration for failure to properly identify the foe it is facing.
Maajid Nawaz, who served four years in an Egyptian prison for his involvement with a group that targeted the Hosni Mubarak regime, told Megyn Kelly on her program Monday night that, “Unfortunately, I don’t think this current administration has had this issue of Islamist extremism correct from day one.”
“The policy from day one has been a policy of obfuscation, denial and, unfortunately, a lack of action and a lack of strategy,” he said.
“There’s a danger if we don’t name this thing ‘Islamist extremism’ and isolate it from mainstream Muslims, and then undermine it,” Nawaz told Kelly. “When we don’t name something, the vast majority of people who don’t really understand these complex conversations will assume the problem is with the religion of Islam and Muslims, themselves.”
“It is only by naming it, we are able to isolate it from mainstream Muslims and say the problem isn’t Islam, it’s theocracy, it’s Islamist extremism,” he said. “This idea that it has nothing to do with Islam is as preposterous as to say, it has everything to do with Islam.”
The former terrorist explained how he was radicalized while living in Great Britain. For years, Islamist groups have been working in Muslim communities, preaching the notion of reviving a theocratic caliphate. When the Islamic State came along, thousands of European Muslims were primed to join the fight.
As reported by Western Journalism, Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, believes one objective the U.S. and its allies must adopt to undermine Islamic State’s appeal is to shrink the land held by the so-called caliphate. “When it is perceived that ISIS is losing territory, that’s when it is harder for them to recruit on the internet and tell people they’re invincible,” he said.
The representative believes two immediate policy changes that should be adopted to achieve that end are, first, more aggressively bombing ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq, and second, arming the Kurds’ 180,000 soldiers.