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National Security Desk / April 1, 2016

Hollande Censored for Daring to Say ‘Islamist Terrorism’

White House editors strip that part from the video of his remarks.

There’s an old joke mocking the French for perennially surrendering under pressure. But, once again, it was the Muslim sympathizers in the White House who were caught surrendering to political correctness. And the French were the bold ones.

A transcript on the White House website shows French President Francois Hollande, who was sitting across a table from Barack Obama, remarking, “But we’re also well aware that the roots of terrorism, Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq.” But that’s not what you’ll hear in the video version. According to the Media Research Center, “The White House website has censored a video of … Hollande saying that ‘Islamist terrorism’ is at the ‘roots of terrorism.’ The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words ‘Islamist terrorism,’ then begins again at the end of his sentence.”

Hot Air’s Allahpundit makes this critical observation: “[I]t’s [Obama’s] prerogative to choose his own words. It’s not his prerogative to choose someone else’s words, particularly when that someone is a foreign head of state whose country is dealing with a more severe jihadist threat right now than the United States is.”

But here’s the other thing, he says: “You know what the worst part is? Hollande didn’t say ‘Islamic terrorism,’ which is the supposedly objectionable term. He said ‘Islamist terrorism.’ ‘Islamist’ was … a term that came into use precisely because it gave the speaker an efficient way to distinguish between ‘moderate Muslims’ and the more jihad-minded. ‘Islamic’ describes all things Muslim; ‘Islamist’ describes a supremacist view in which Islam is the highest authority of the state.”

But even that was too much for Obama’s minion editors. It seems any iteration of the word “Islam” in the context of terrorism is altogether banned. You can’t exercise a strong foreign policy when you’re in denial about what defines your enemy.

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