In an op-ed published online by the Los Angeles Times, Obama politely explains to us ignoramuses:
“Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies. Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.”
And we thought their grievance was that they wanted to impose Sharia law.
As I pointed out before, many terrorists are quite well educated and rather well off financially.
There are people who want to kill us and impose a worldwide caliphate and Obama wants to send them foreign aid.
Then Obama dredged up this oldie: “Our campaign to prevent people around the world from being radicalized to violence is ultimately a battle for hearts and minds.”
Or as Lyndon Johnson said in a 1965 speech as I was about to graduate from high school and become eligible for the draft:
“So we must be ready to fight in Viet-Nam, but the ultimate victory will depend upon the hearts and the minds of the people who actually live out there. By helping to bring them hope and electricity you are also striking a very important blow for the cause of freedom throughout the world.”
How’d that work out? It didn’t work out. Ten years later we bugged out, even though Johnson, unlike Obama, put boots on the ground and Richard Nixon kept us there.
As a friend of mine says, those who do not remember history are condemned to quote George Santayana.