For all his faults, President Donald Trump does things that are absolutely needed in this day and age when so many other leaders, both domestic and foreign, are so afraid to step out of politically correct boundaries that they literally end up pardoning heinous acts to avoid negative labels.
On Tuesday, Trump gave a speech in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where he was honoring those who served and are serving in our armed forces during a speech in remembrance of 9/11. Trump did not mince words when he mentioned our enemy and enunciated each word very carefully.
“Nearly 7,000 service members have died facing down the menace of radical…Islamic…terrorism,” said Trump.
.@POTUS: “Today we also think of the more than 200,000 service members now serving overseas, and we think of every citizen who protects our nation at home, including our state, local, and federal law enforcement. These are great Americans.” pic.twitter.com/yskLdyajbL
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 11, 2018
This is incredibly refreshing to hear from a world leader. At this time, many leaders across the globe are bending over backward to make it seem like the Islamic world is so good that they completely dismiss the radicalism that infects it. It’s the same kind of radicalism that caused 3,000 deaths in 9/11, the France attacks in Paris and Nice, the London Bridge Attack and the Manchester Bombing in the UK, and a myriad more. To list them all would require a lot of time.
Other leaders are so intent on dismissing this radicalism in order to seem progressive that attacks both large and small continue to happen with little resistance. In fact, as one UK woman found out in May, even criticising Muslims and the government’s habit of giving them more rights than actual citizens will have the police showing up at your door to arrest you.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau literally welcomes back ISIS terrorists for integration. Germany’s Angela Merkel is so set on not looking like an Islamaphobic racist that she welcomed more migrants from problem countries in by the thousands, despite the crime and rape epidemic increasing by leaps and bounds.
The reality is that radical Islam is very real, and we need our leaders to not only admit this but take the necessary steps in order to see to it that we minimize the problems it causes. It appears that Trump is the only one willing to do this, and it’s strange that he’s not joined by many other leaders whose people are suffering at the hands of an extremist ideology that even boasts of its goals in plain sight.
Too often, those who acknowledge the reality of what’s happening are called racist or Islamophobic. This is like a man telling the man watching him about to get hit by a train that he’s just paranoid about the destructive capabilities of oncoming trains. It’s not racist to acknowledge when people want to kill you, especially after those people have confessed it with pride. Especially when they have demonstrated it time and again.
As many of you know, I’m not Trump’s biggest fan, but this is one of those things that I think he really gets right. Something that does end up saving lives.
I wish more leaders would strike up this kind of realism, and I think I’m not alone in that thinking. It seems that this appreciation is global.