Especially a certain regime used to having the president of the United States excuse their evil

VIDEO: Trump's anti-terrorism speech that floored his audience in the Muslim world

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The key bit starts around 9:00, and what makes it so extraordinary is not so much that Trump condemns terrorism - even Obama was willing to do that at least rhetorically - but because he put so much emphasis on who the victims are, and refused to countenance the usual excuses offered to explain away the motivations of individual terrorists.

And Trump laid it out in a surprisingly eloquent manner: The potential of the Middle East itself is held back by terrorism. No way should a region that rich be a place from which refugees flee, and yet it happens with regularity. It’s not because the region doesn’t have enough wealth. It has plenty. But the ever-present threat of extremist violence always makes the region to unstable to be a suitable home for far too many people.

Do stay until the end to hear how thoroughly he calls out Iran for its support and tolerance of terrorism. That alone was worth it.


“There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, and no excusing it.”

“There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, and no excusing it.”

The line you’ve heard most often is this one: “Terrorists do not worship God. They worship death.” Almost as good was when he drew the distinction between “barbaric criminals” and “decent people.”

The only potential problem with the line about God and death is that it potentially has the effect of denying Islam’s connection to terrorism, although I don’t think Trump meant it that way. You can’t claim terrorism is 100 percent a “perversion of Islam” when there is far too much in the Quran that suggests otherwise.

Perhaps the most pivotal element of Trump’s speech is his willingness to challenge Middle Eastern nations to deal with terrorism before it ever becomes a problem for the United States and other nations in the region. It’s not that we don’t have the capacity or the willingness to fight it ourselves, or that we aren’t willing to work alongside majority Muslim nations. We are, we can and we will.

But Trump emphasizes there is no reason this should be our fight first. Terrorism comes primarily from majority Muslim nations, which is why this needs to be the emphasis when the president visits this part of the world. If the United States had massive bands of criminals that were traveling the world and launching attacks on other nations, our authorities would be the first to step up and deal with them. It would be our goal to make sure they never get the chance to launch attacks abroad. Trump is right to challenge the Saudis and other Middle Eastern nations to do the same.

Trump’s willingness to mention the attacks on Christians

Finally, it was nice to see Trump’s willingness to mention the attacks on Christians, and to declare that those who engage in terrorism would have short lives, with souls “fully condemned.”

A good speech does not a great policy make, of course, and he will surely encounter resistance for the approch he’s urging here. But it was an excellent speech, and at least it shows we have a president who understands that threat, and is willing to call out Islamic nations to do their part in response to it. That alone is an improvement compared with this time a year ago.

And of course, Obama and John Kerry would never have dared utter a negative word about the mad mullahs of Iran, despite their shameless support of terrorism across the globe. The fact that we no longer have a president willing to make excuses for this horrible regime is by itself a wonderful and welcome development.


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