The State of the Union and Fighting Terrorism
By: Bill O'ReillyJanuary 20, 2015
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As you may know, we believe the Obama administration does not have an overall strategy to defeat the jihad.

And things are getting worse overseas.

In addition to the Paris massacre, reports are ISIS executed 13 young boys -- shot them to death for watching a soccer game last week.

That took place in Mosul, Iraq, which used to be controlled by Americans.

Also, ISIS apparently threw two men suspected of homosexuality off a building, killing them.

In addition, ISIS is threatening two Japanese hostages with death, and the hits just keep on coming.

There is no question the jihadists continue to wreak havoc all over the world and there is no coordinated strategy to stop them.

In fact, President Obama will not even use the words Islamic terrorism.

Enter Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who does not want his religion Islam linked with terrorism.

He believes the jihadists have perverted Islam, thus religion should not enter into the equation.

The basketball legend is not alone.  That's the opinion of many on the left, including President Obama.

Here's what I said about Mr. Abdul-Jabbar last week:

BILL O'REILLY: “He wants Americans to understand that Islam is not the problem vicious individuals who have perverted the religion are the problem.  I believe that is what President Obama believes as well.  But that theory has some major problems.  First of all Muslim theocracies like Iran and Saudi Arabia routinely commit atrocities in the name of Islam.  The Iranian Mullahs and the House of Saud are doing awful things and using the name of Allah to justify them.  Just this week a blogger who criticized Islam in a small way was given 50 lashes by the Saudi government ((EDIT)) So the problems in the Muslim world are not just caused by individuals.  They run much deeper than that.”

Talking Points believes there is a fundamental misreading of Islam throughout the world.

Some Americans think all Muslims support violence because the Koran justifies it.

That's false.  Most Muslims are not violent people.

But at the same time, there is a strain of Islam that is destructive to the world and it's not just a few terrorists.  It's millions of Muslims who follow the teachings of extremist clerics, including the Mullahs who rule Iran.

Watch what happened after the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo ran another cover featuring Mohammed lamenting the massacre:

NIAMEY, NIGER, Jan. 17: Video of people looting a building and throwing pews and furniture from a church in the street. They chant “Allah Akbar.”

KARACHI, PAKISTAN, Jan. 17: Video of people chanting in the streets with signs claiming Charlie Hebdo is blasphemous.  They burn an American flag.

ALGIERS, ALGERIA, Jan 16: Video of hundreds of people in the streets screaming, chanting “Allah Akbar,” and fighting with police.  They burn an Israeli flag.

At least 10 people were killed; 45 churches torched in Niger alone.

So again, irrational violence is plaguing the entire Islamic community.

But no matter how much evidence you present, the liberal media and good people like Kareem Adbul-Jabbar will not accept the premise.

From CNN last night:

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR: “I can't be responsible for someone who I don't control.  And that, to me, is the issue.  I teach my children and I try to practice peace and co-existence and that is my duty as a Muslim.  Now, I can't go and make other people behave rationally.  That's up to them.  So, it's up to law enforcement to deal with people who resort to criminal acts just to make a point.”

Mr. Abdul-Jabbar's appearance on CNN was interesting.  We had invited him on The Factor.  He declined, choosing to go to a soft venue.

The CNN anchor did not challenge him, and after a promotion saying she would ask him about me, she did not do so.

That was probably smart.

The only reason I'm even mentioning Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is that he has the courage to stand up for his religion and state his case.

I believe he is wrong, and I am trying to convert him into seeing the danger that is apparent because Muslim nations will not confront the jihad.

Simply put, if every good Muslim united against the bad Muslims, this problem would be solved.


But that's not happening.

So it is left to non-believers to confront and defeat the jihad.

The leader of the effort should be President Obama because thousands of Americans have been killed by the jihadists.

But the president is not leading, is tentative in the face of Islamic atrocities … does not even want to define them clearly.

The American people know this and 76% of them rate terrorism as the number one problem facing America, according to Pew.

It will be interesting to see if Barack Obama even mentions the jihad in his address tonight.

Certainly he will not use the word jihad.  He rarely does.

Talking Points does not expect clarity or new solutions to this extremely vexing problem.

This has been a 14-year horror odyssey.

We have spent trillions, lost thousands of military people, and still the terrorists reign.  The jihad remains a major problem.

It is apparent that if the Muslim world does not confront the savagery, it will continue.

There are simply too many jihadists for the USA to kill them all.

And they are receiving aid, sanctuary, and encouragement in places like Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Somalia, just to name a few countries.

The truth is President Obama is looking away from the issue.

But even President Bush, who sought to confront it, could not defeat it.

The next president of the United States, whoever he or she is, will really inherit a problem of monumental proportions.

It is about Islam because that's where the solution lies.

And that's the memo.