Here are excerpts from three essays that have appeared the week of January 11-16, 2015. You might not have seen them.
From Legal Insurrection:
“#CharlieHebdo after-assessment: A bleak analysis of a bleak reality”
by William A. Jacobson
January 14, 2015
The Obama administration has engaged in absurd linguistic gymnastics to pretend that the terrorists who shot up Charlie Hebdo and the HyperCasher supermarket merely were individuals who happened to adopt radical Islamic extremism almost by chance. Could have been any extremism, we’re told.
Generic “extremism” is the problem, as if it lived out of body.
By playing these word games, the administration does no favor to those in the Muslim world who recognize the reality and want it to stop. To the contrary, the administration’s word games constitute an abandonment.
[One Arab voice against Islamic extremism is] Hisham Melhem, the Washington bureau chief of Al-Arabiya. In late September 2014, [William Jacobson] wrote about an article by Melhem, “The Barbarians Within Our Gates”. Melhem made points as a Muslim examining the Muslim world that would get him labeled “Islamophobic” and “racist” by groups like CAIR and the Southern Poverty Law Center: