When it Comes to “Radical Islam” Obama’s Math Just Doesn’t Add Up


Josh Gelernter has just written an important and intriguing piece for the National Review dissecting just how bad President Obama’s math is when it comes to the problem of Islamic terrorism.

In the piece, Gelernter takes a statement that President Obama is fond of saying, that “99.9% of Muslims reject terrorism” and proves it to be demonstrably false. Gelernter explains that there are many honorable Muslims living and working in and around us today, and the United States, Britain and Israel all have Muslim soldiers volunteering to serve at this very second… but that doesn’t mean that Obama’s generalization about the majority of Islam is correct.

For example, there are 480 Muslims serving in the British armed forces today, but more than 600 Brits have joined the ranks of ISIS over the last year or so. Gelernter then moves on to the big numbers that prove Obama’s lie:

Obama’s 99.9 percent figure is demonstrably false. Pew Research has polled the issue extensively. In surveys of the Muslim populations of nine majority-Muslim countries, plus Lebanon, Gaza, and the West Bank, an average of 57 percent have an unfavorable view of al-Qaeda, not 99.9 percent. Thirteen percent have a favorable view of al-Qaeda, not 0.1 percent.

Those same numbers hold true for Muslim support of the Taliban, and go even higher for Hezbollah and Hamas! However, it’s not just in the Muslim world where Muslim citizens support these organizations – no, even in the West a startlingly large percentage of the Muslim population supports terrorism (or at least has a hard time being angry with it).

In Britain and Spain, one in four Muslims believes suicide bombings are sometimes justified. One in three believes it in France. Slightly more than one in ten believes it in the United States (per a Pew poll from 2011). According to a poll conducted by a Georgetown Islamic Studies professor and a Gallup pollster, more than one in three Muslims worldwide believe that the 9/11 attacks were “somewhat,” “largely,” or “completely” justified (23.1 percent say “somewhat”; 13.5 percent say “largely” or “completely”).

According to CBS, polling shows that “almost one in four British Muslims believe that the [2005] 7/7 attacks on London were justified.”

Support for terrorism may not be a “majority” Muslim opinion, but it is far from the “fringe” radical support that the Obama administration would like us to believe. The acceptable use of terrorism as a tool for change is a mainstream position in the Muslim world, and it’s time that liberals accept this. How can we fight against terrorism effectively if we continue to delude ourselves about the scope of the battlefront? To continue to act as if we are at war with less than 1% of global Islam is folly.

Read Josh Gelernter’s entire piece on Obama’s “Bad Math” at the National Review.

Ben Shapiro from Breitbart and Truth Revolt has more on this myth of the Muslim Radical.

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