President Obama’s perverse inability to acknowledge that Muslims perpetrated the San Bernardino attack (and many others) helped provoked the much criticized call by Donald Trump to temporarily ban Muslim entry into the country. Neither Obama nor Trump is right about Muslims, though Obama’s mistake is orders of magnitude worse than Trump’s, for creating the conditions that triggered it, and because he is a long-sitting president, not a presidential candidate running early in an election cycle.
We should neither attack Muslims as people nor deny that Islam as a creed is a problem. The main issue with Islam – at least for Western democracies – is the political element, and most particularly the concept of jihad (holy war). That is what needs to be addressed for Western societies to accommodate Muslims.