“We are not treating these people as part of a religion. We’re treating them as terrorists.” In other words, we’re ignoring their stated motives and goals, thereby ensuring that our analysis will be entirely faulty, and our recommendations about what to do to end this threat, if implemented, will create more problems than they solve.
“‘Islamic extremism’ off limits at White House terrorism summit,” by Marisa Schultz, New York Post, February 17, 2015:
WASHINGTON — The White House will kick off a three-day summit Tuesday on combating violent extremism on social media — but the administration won’t focus on Islamic extremism and won’t even mention the term.
“You can call them what you want; we’re calling them terrorists,” a senior Obama administration official said Monday….
“There is absolutely no justification for any of these attacks in any religion, and that’s the view of the vast majority of Muslims who have suffered huge casualties from the likes of [ISIS] or al Qaeda,” the official told reporters. “We are not treating these people as part of a religion. We’re treating them as terrorists.”
President Obama will speak twice at the summit.