Cal  Thomas

What is the Obama administration's response to the advance of radical Islam? It seeks negotiations with the Taliban and apparently as a "confidence-building gesture" is contemplating the release from Guantanamo Bay prison of Mullah Mohammed Fazl in exchange for promises of peace talks and the chance to open a political office in Qatar. Fazl, a former commander of the Taliban army, is accused of slaughtering thousands of Shiite Muslims, is said to enjoy a close relationship with al-Qaida and other terrorist groups and is involved in drug trafficking. He is also considered a "high risk" Guantanamo detainee and a real threat to American forces and U.S. allies should he be released. This and more can be found in last year's WikiLeaks document dump called the "Guantanamo Bay Files."

The administration also wants to reach out to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which it had previously said would not have a major influence in that country's upcoming elections. It now appears Brotherhood candidates will gain significant power in that election to Israel's detriment.

No gesture will deter the radicals. U.S. gestures demonstrate to radical Islamists America's weakness and lack of resolve, which they are eager to exploit.

During the Cold War, the United States made effective use of the Voice of America and Radio Liberty to tell the truth to "captive nations." There are no broadcasting counterweights to what radical Islamists are doing in Spain and Latin America. While America retreats, announcing cuts in defense spending, Islamists advance.

In the film "The Iron Lady," Meryl Streep speaks the words of Margaret Thatcher: "One of the great problems of our age is that we're governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas."

Radical Islam challenges every idea in which the West believes. The Republican presidential candidates should start talking about their plans to counter, even defeat, it. We can see what the Obama administration is doing: nothing.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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