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Superechew
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kyleflanagan97
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Obama is wrong that it doesn't matter to say "radical Islamic terrorism."

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Started: 6/19/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Superechew

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Accept if you agree with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that the words "Radical Islamic Terrorism" are not important.

After the Orlando shooting a week ago, President Obama lashed out at GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for his comments about radical Islam and terrorism. Trump tweeted, "Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace!"

Obama responded with this: "That"s the key, they tell us. We can"t get ISIL unless we call them "radical Islamists." What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is, none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction."

Obama is essentially saying that it meaningless to say "radical Islam" as it is just a political talking point. If this is the case, then why won't he say those words? How can America fight an enemy that left-wing politicians refuse to even name? It doesn't add up.

The real reason why saying the words "radical Islam" matters is that it confronts an ideology. Not all muslims are jihadists, but the fact is that some are. Obama may be avoiding these words in an effort to not offend all muslims, but he must name the enemy no matter if it offends some.
kyleflanagan97

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He won't say those words because the GOP is using these political distractions to detract from an honest conversation about gun regulations. And America is fighting ISIL/ISIS. But calling them a radical Islam group has not prevented the thousands of bombs dropped on ISIS. By calling them radical Islamists you are simply going to divide the religion, because those who actually are Islam argue that ISIS is not truly Islam. President Obama called the Orlando shooting an act of terror, which it was. But anyone who studies Islam would argue that a group like ISIS is not truly Islamic. And labeling them as such is offensive and is not going to help defeat the threat.
Debate Round No. 1
Superechew

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kyleflanagan97

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Superchew must have realized how ludicrous his statement is, and has forfeited the debate.
Debate Round No. 2
Superechew

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kyleflanagan97

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by spencercrat123 11 months ago
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ISIL fuels its recruitment propaganda by painting a picture that the 'West' is at war with Islam. By blanketing all of Islam with phrases like these we validate what they practice as 'Islam' thus doing their job for them. Action against ISIL is more important than how we define them. And Republican Congress' refusal to even declare war on them indicates they are failing on that front.
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