Unfortunately for Michel, Belgium and the West, all too many Muslims consider this to be precisely a war between the West and Islam. And the West’s response to this challenge is hamstrung by the refusal to acknowledge that fact.
“We are not at war with Islam: Belgian PM,” from Iran’s state-run Ahlul Bayt News Agency, May 23, 2016 (thanks to Lookmann):
AhlulBayt News Agency – Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel vowed on Sunday that the West will ultimately defeat terrorist group Daesh (the so called IS) as the royal family hosted a ceremony marking two months since the deadly Brussels bombings.
He vowed that Belgium and other countries fighting IS, which claimed the Brussels bombings as well as last November’s attacks in Paris, will eventually prevail.
“This is not a war between the West and Islam. And we will do everything to stop these terrorists. This is a difficult fight. A fight that will take time,” he said, adding: “We will know setbacks and successes.
But I am confident that we will win.”…
On what grounds?