Lt. General H.R. McMaster, who fought in Iraq, told his staff members in the National Security Council his view on Islam and terror:
- The label “radical Islamic terrorism” is not helpful because terrorists are “un-Islamic.”
- Muslims who commit terrorist acts are “perverting their religion.”
This is a clear view GLOBALO promoted since years based an many facts- see “President Trump: We are Islam -not IS”.
The position of the new National Security Advisor is not shared by Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who likes to see all 1,7 billion Muslims as a general threat to the United States and is involved in national security in the White House.
Bannon is close to Islam-hater Frank Gaffney and his team, who makes millions in donations for himself and his right-wing organization with anit-Islam propaganda based on pure fear, fake news and no facts. Trump shows up at an event with Gaffney some months ago, who was in the Ted Cruz team as security advisor.
The general in the White House is rejecting a key ideological view of influential and senior Trump advisers.
He is signaling a moderate approach to the Islamic world, needed to win the war against terror with and not without the majority of moderate Muslims.
This is his strategic pillar to contain terror, as seen in his missions in Iraq, and to defeat ISIL (IS; ISIS, Islamic State or Daesh).
He is in line with the two other generals in the Trump administration, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Director of Homeland Security John F. Kelly. And with the CIA and FBI too.
All three general know they cannot win the war on terror and protect America against, but only with the support of 1,7 billion (peaceful) Muslims and their different governments, military and intelligence structures.
Otherwise America fights only the mosquitos at home, but does not dry the many dangerous swamps far away. Even America is not strong enough to win this battle alone and aboard. To go anti-Islam would be a no-win-nonsense strategy and a disaster for the United States.
It will be not easy for the general to win this ideological battle in the White House. The president needs Bannon, but he cannot afford this year to loose another general and security advisor too.
His view is close to the arguments about Islam and terror by Republican president George W. Bush after 9/11, the darkest hours of modern American history:
“The face of terrorism not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace, they represent evil and war . . . When we think of Islam, we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world . . .and that’s made brothers and sisters out of every race,” then-President Bush told.
“America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.”
There is another consideration:
With the radical anti-Islam movement from the nationalists around Trump a second wave of anti-semitism in the United States started last year. It is like you start a bush fire burning down later your own house.
When you treat other believers as un-Americana and as a general threat to America and Christianity, the Jews are next for sure as a religious minority.
Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise in Trump’s Hate America. Since January 2017, there have been 67 bomb threats against Jewish Community Centres in around 27 states around the country.
Therefore Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism, tweeted February 20th, 2017:
” America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers.”
This thinking is new for Donald Trump.
He will need to learn quickly.