In his prime-time speech to the nation on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Obama vowed to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria with airstrikes and 475 U.S. boots on the ground – but he also made a particular point of declaring that the Islamic State terrorists “are not Islamic.”
“ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state; it was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government nor by the people it subjugates.”
“ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple, and it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”
— Ron Christie (@Ron_Christie) September 11, 2014
Obama: "ISIL is not Islamic" Hello? THIS ISIL? "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant"
— Erick Brockway (@erickbrockway) September 11, 2014
Obama: "ISIL is not 'Islamic. He just countermanded anything he plans to say tonight. /right there is the fatal flaw
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) September 11, 2014
Some folks on Twitter didn't understand Obama's "ISIL is not Islamic" statement. Study foreign affairs folks! Or religion, all religion.
— Michael Oleaga (@EditorMikeO) September 11, 2014