Middle East studies in the News
"Moderate Reformer" Tariq Ramadan Defends Brussels Attack
by Daniel Greenfield
April 3, 2016
Tariq Ramadan was barred from the US under Bush, but Obama threw open the doors for him. Ramadan was billed as a moderate reformer. And here is the "moderate reformer" on the Brussels attacks. After the formality of condemning the attacks, mumbling that terrorism is wrong, Ramadan pivots to the same old song and dance.
We cannot, today, afford to disconnect these events with the violence, terror and death that have long been commonplace in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya, and in Africa and Asia more widely. European and American foreign policy does not happen in a vacuum, as those who target us have repeated in countless videos: You have caused war and death in our countries, now you will suffer the consequences.
Now the "war and death" that ISIS terrorists are talking about is the US and the rest of NATO pushing back against its genocide of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities. Or to put it another way, American intervention against Islamic terror doesn't happen in a vacuum either. "You have caused war and death in our countries, now you will suffer the consequences."
But what is Tariq Ramadan really suggesting? That bombing ISIS is wrong?
We must hear those who criticize the incoherence of our allegiances and our support of dictatorships.
What dictatorships? Obama threw them overboard. And the Islamist alternative is itself a dictatorship. That's what ISIS is.
Does the condemnable violence of their reaction mean we can ignore their arguments?
What ISIS arguments would Tariq Ramadan like us to listen to?
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