8 of This Week’s Most Absurd Statements About Islam and Jihad

4. Canada’s National Post: “It’s been a tough week for Canadian Muslims”

After the two jihad attacks in Canada, the center-right National Post ran an interview with Islamic apologist Karen Armstrong, titled: “Is Islam inherently violent? Quest for power — not religion — motivating jihadists, author says.” Before the interview proper were some notes by the interviewer, Patricia Pearson, who began with this: “It’s been a tough week for Canadian Muslims.”

Michael Greenspan, a reader of my website Jihad Watch, had the perfect analogy to show up exactly how grotesque that sentence really is: “National Post, Nov. 28, 1963: ‘It’s been a tough week for the Oswald family.’”

And to follow that sentence with an interview with Karen Armstrong, who has likened Muhammad to Gandhi and said that Islam came to spread compassion among the nations of the world, just adds insult to injury.

3. Ex-counterterror official: “We don’t have enough FBI agents who understand Islam”

The former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter, said last Sunday: “We don’t have enough FBI agents who understand Islam.”

Whose fault is that? In October 2011, the Obama administration banned all mention of Islam and jihad in connection with terrorism from counterterror training, for the FBI as well as other agencies. Counter-terror trainers who had trained FBI and military personnel to understand the motives and goals of the jihadis (including me) were let go.

And now three years later, the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center laments that we don’t have enough FBI agents who understand Islam. But that is what the Obama administration wanted. They wanted an FBI full of agents who didn’t know anything about Islam, because they wanted to pretend that Islam had no connection with terrorism. And now Leiter wonders why agents don’t know anything about Islam.

Leiter’s solution? He also said Sunday: “We don’t have enough Muslim FBI agents.” And no doubt when they are hired, there will be no serious attempt to determine whether these agents have any sympathies for or ties to the global jihad. The vetting agents won’t know how to make such determinations, and to make too thorough an investigation would be “Islamophobic.”