One could say it has long been a pillar of the true believer’s liberal view of the world that poverty and economic hardship are often the cause of bad behavior — that having little money or no job leads otherwise good people to do bad things.
And one might find this basic tenet of liberalism — now wrapped in such benevolent sounding terms as “social justice” or “economic equality” — in the notion so passionately promoted by the State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.
As Western Journalism reported on Tuesday, Harf contended in an MSNBC interview that one way to attack terrorism is to ensure that potential terrorists, such as those militants fighting for the Islamic State, have good jobs. Her “jobs program” for terrorists solution to ISIS militancy drew sustained, withering fire from an untold number of critics who called it ridiculous and “theater of the absurd.”
But instead of backing down from her controversial comments, this Obama official doubled down.
Harf appeared on CNN’s “Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer Tuesday night and asserted that possibly her earlier “jobs” comments were simply “too nuanced for some” of her critics to understand.
She echoed that longstanding liberal philosophy that we need to get to the “root cause” of terrorism, which, in her opinion, was a “lack of economic opportunity” for young Muslim men drawn into terrorist activities.
We need to help those lost souls, argued the State Department flak, “do something more productive and positive with their life” so they wouldn’t be tempted to cuts peoples’ heads off or slaughter Christians or blow up schools full of kids.
In Marie Harf’s position as stated on CNN — and again, she’s an Obama official and front-line spokesperson for U.S. diplomatic efforts — there’s no acknowledgment of the fact that murderous extremists may be motivated not by the directionless despair of poverty, but by their all-embracing belief in radical Islam that calls for the conversion or the death of infidels.
For ISIS savages, it just may be that eliminating their enemies and setting up an Islamic caliphate is doing something “productive and positive with their life.”
By clicking on the video above, you can watch Marie Harf belittling her critics for being too dense to understand her “nuanced” position on combating terror by combating unemployment in the Muslim world.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom