A need for truthful talk

“…Recent history demonstrates that politically correct statements in response to Islamist atrocities do not win allies nor prevent additional jihadist strikes. In fact, by avoiding candid discussions about the religiously motivated ideology that fuels terrorism, the West only emboldens the fanatics who seek to destroy liberal democracy and eradicate western culture and values.

According to two former officials in the Bush administration, the initial public relations campaign after the horrific terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was based on the assumption that extremism draws strength from Muslims’ perception that America supposedly hates them.

David Frum, a speechwriter for Bush, and Richard Perle, an assistant defence secretary under W., praised their former boss for urging Americans not to give in to anti-Muslim bigotry in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. However, in the 2004 edition of their book An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror, Frum and Perle argue that the Bush administration went too far in trying to placate Muslims.

“The administration’s solicitude for Muslim sensitivities might well have been interpreted by many Muslims as a vindication of bin Laden’s methods,” write Frum and Perle.”