You couldn’t ask for a better study in contrasts as to how to conduct our response to radical Islam’s War on Modernity than to listen to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani was asked about President Obama’s refusal to use the phrase “radical Islam” in any context. “If we can’t use the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism,’ we can’t get rid of them,” he said. 

Defining the problem would seem to be an essential step in solving it. Giuliani, moreover, was not shy about ascribing a cause. “I think it’s very serious because it sends a signal of cowardice and weakness,” he said. 

We can’t look into the President’s heart. But Giuliani offered a glimpse into his own when he linked his assertive stance toward Islamic terrorism with a protective stance toward innocent and law-abiding Muslims. Giuliani drew on his own experience as an Italian-American District Attorney who prosecuted the mafia in New York in the 1970s. “…I was told there was no Mafia,” Giuliani recalled, “and I was protested by Italian-American groups. And I said if we can’t use the word ‘Mafia,’ we can’t get rid of them. Then, we can’t separate them from the good members of the Islamic religion.” 

In 2008, Giuliani competed in the primaries for the Republican nomination, before losing to John McCain, who in turn lost to then-senator Obama. It’s useless to engage in counterfactuals, but at the same time it’s difficult to believe that the Middle East today would be in flames, with a new young generation of jihadist fighters being trained by al Qaeda and ISIS, if the free world had been under different leadership for the last six years.


Giuliani’s interview is worth viewing. It’s nice to spend a bit of time with a sober, reasoned viewpoint that seeks to oppose radical Islam, and in part for the purpose of protecting non-jihadist Muslims.


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