Before a doctor can begin effective treatment, he must first diagnose and name the disease.
Daily, we hear reports of unspeakable atrocities and murders committed by Islamic terrorists. When referring to these evil adversaries and their acts, why is it that the president cannot get the words, “Islamic terrorist” and “Islamic terrorism” across his lips? Is it assumed that by not calling the perpetrators correctly: “followers of Islam” our nightmares can, somehow, be kept at bay? Among many others, is this not a serious lapse of presidential credibility?
Egypt’s president, el-Sisi, (a Sunni Muslim himself) does not suffer a similar lack of moral resolve. He recently spoke to a group of Islamic authorities and scholars at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He called for an Islamic revolution. He expressed deep concern that the Islamic world is a source of danger, killing and destruction. He asked, “Is it possible that 1.6 billion people should want to kill the rest of the world’s 7 billion inhabitants? The entire Islamic world is being lost by our own hands.”
Words matter. In times of crisis and at historically decisive moments, they matter even more.