Homeland Security

A Know-Nothing Narrative: 'Trump Will Make Terror Recruitment Easier'

Abu Omar Khorasani, an Islamic State commander in Afghanistan, says this about Donald Trump:

This guy is a complete maniac. His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands.

The establishment media has been running a series of stories since the election with the not-so-hidden subtext that Trump’s policies regarding Muslims will only make the global jihad worse. They claim he provides fodder to the jihadis that they can use to recruit Muslims who might otherwise have been peaceful.

But is it true? No, and just a moment’s thought reveals why their argument is absurd.

What exactly constitutes Trump’s alleged “utter hate toward Muslims”? Well, Trump has proposed a temporary ban on immigration from countries with a high incidence of jihad terror activity.

(The widely circulated claim that Trump wants to register Muslims is outrageous and false. That has simply never been part of Trump’s program.)

Did Trump propose this ban due to hatred for Muslims? No, Trump has been crystal clear that a temporary ban stems from the manifest impossibility of distinguishing jihadis from peaceful Muslims.

Abu Omar Khorasani is essentially saying that, because Trump is fighting back against the global jihad, the Islamic State will be able to get more recruits.

Indeed, the idea that fighting back against the global jihad only creates more jihadis is a staple of the Democratic Party and its establishment media organs. During the campaign, Hillary Clinton said that Trump was a “recruiting sergeant for terrorists”:

The kinds of rhetoric and language that Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.

We know that a lot of the rhetoric we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS, because they are looking to make this into a war against Islam, rather than a war against jihadists, violent terrorists, people who number maybe in the maybe tens of thousands, not the tens of millions, they want to use that to recruit more fighters to their cause, by turning it into a religious conflict.

That’s why I’ve been very clear. We’re going after the bad guys and we’re going to get them, but we’re not going go after an entire religion and give ISIS exactly what it’s wanting in order for them to enhance their position.

Clinton apparently believes that if the U.S. refuses to acknowledge the motivating ideology behind jihad terror, the jihad force would be weakened — and that if we do acknowledge it, that ideology would be strengthened. Her claim, that the Islamic State recruited on the basis of alleged “anti-Muslim rhetoric” from Western politicians, was based on the fact that the Islamic State and al-Qaeda often recruit on the basis of grievance narratives against the West.

But she ignored other things they said which negate her claim. In fact, the Islamic State recently addressed her exact argument explicitly in its Dabiq magazine:

Even if you were to stop bombing us, imprisoning us, torturing us, vilifying us, and usurping our lands, we would continue to hate you because our primary reason for hating you will not cease to exist until you embrace Islam.

If Hillary Clinton had been elected and had continued the Obama administration’s policies of denial and willful ignorance toward the jihad threat, and had she also facilitated a massive new influx of Muslim migrants, the jihadis would not have been pacified.

In fact, they would have been bolder than ever.

Their primary motivation for hating us has nothing whatsoever to do with our statements. They hate the United States because we are not a Muslim government that implements Islamic law.

The coup de grace to the claim that Trump is enflaming the jihadis is the fact that the jihad imperative is not based on how good the infidels are to the Muslims. The Qur’an simply commands Muslims to wage war against and subjugate infidels. It makes no exceptions for those who do not fight back, or who do not fight back effectively, or who watch their words.

Trump has vowed to fight back more effectively than Obama has or than Clinton promised. Consequently, the Islamic State boasts that they are glad Trump won have the ring of false bravado: no military leader would ever admit that he is afraid to face his foe.

The mainstream media’s avid propagation of the idea that Trump’s victory has cheered the jihadis tells us more about the media’s agenda than it does about the jihadis.