Saturday, January 21, 2017

New York Times Equates Muslim Civilization with Islamic Terrorism

Thomas Riggins
A loose cannon is in the White House but the NYT is being irresponsible when it says the following: "And he pledged what would amount to a clash of civilizations in the fight against Muslim extremism."
"The country, Mr. Trump said, would 'unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.'"
The NYT has here equated "Muslim Civilization" with "Islamic terrorism''! The only way Trump could be guilty of declaring a war on Muslim civilization is if this equality is, indeed, a fact which it is not and Trump's paranoia concerning "Islamic terrorism" is bad enough (excluding Muslims from coming to the US) without the NYT fanning the flames of hysteria which too many Americans are lighting already. Islamic terrorism is a tool of the reactionary elements the ruling classes in Islamic countries which fear the spread of democratic enlightenment and has found popular traction due to the military attacks on the Muslim world orchestrated by the Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama presidencies and now looks like it will be continued under Trump. It began when the attack on the socially progressive communist government in Afghanistan and it was over thrown by a combination of US imperialism, Pakistani and Saudi jihadists, which was a continuation of the war waged by the US and its Zionist allies in Israel against the Iranian people (especially since the 1953 coup reinstalling the Shah) and the continuing repression against the Palestinians and the subversion by the US of every truly democratic movement of Muslim people anywhere in the world. The fight against "Islamic terrorism" begins in Washington.
Uncompromising in tone and entirely in keeping with his insurgent campaign, President Trump dispensed with appeals to unity or attempts to build bridges to his…

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