Howard Dean: Paris Attack Had Nothing to do With Islam

Nothing to do with Islam? Really?

Liberals are funny about judgment. Because they don’t want to offend Muslims, they don’t want to attribute any terrorist attack to Islam. Even though these terrorists in Paris had yelled “Allahu, akbar!” and said that they had “avenged the prophet” after they had killed the cartoonist and editor of Charlie Hebdo. And not only that, this isn’t something that the world hasn’t seen before with these types of people. They’re Muslims doing what comes naturally to them. They need very little or no provocation in order for them to be incited to violence.

But many liberals are quick to point out that just because the attack bears all the marks of the Muslim religion, it doesn’t mean it had anything to do with Islam. According to Howard Dean, these people weren’t part of an Islamic cult, just a cult. The attack had nothing to do with any particular religion. CNS News reported:

Left-wing Democrat Howard Dean argued on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, is “a cult” and “not an Islamic cult,” and said the terrorists who killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, reportedly screaming “Allahu akbar!” and “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammed!” weren’t “Muslim terrorists.”

On the Jan. 7 MSNBC program to discuss the terrorist attack in Paris that occurred that day, co-host Mika Brzezinski mentioned that several journalists were among those killed and her co-host Joe Scarborough asked Dean for his thoughts.

Dean, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said,  “This is a chronic problem. I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says.”

“Europe has an enormous radical problem,” he emphasized.  “I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult.”

Brzezinski seemed to agree, commenting, “Interesting, yeah.”

Dean then said, “And I think you got to deal with these people. … So, this is really complicated stuff, and I think you have to treat these people as basically mass murderers.”

“But I do not think we should accord them any particular religious respect,” lectured Dean, “because I don’t think, whatever they’re claiming their motivation is, is clearly a twisted, cultish mind.”

So, what if these guys had been white Christians (or claimed to be)? Obviously, the left would be very quick to make the connection and claim that this was Christian extremism in action. The whole thing about not wanting to offend certain people only applies to non-Christians. If the attackers yell stuff like “Allahu, akbar!” or announce that they’ve “avenged the prophet,” let’s not jump to conclusions.