Jack Kerwick

Explaining the left’s view of Islamic terrorism.

The exchange of five terrorists for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier who had been imprisoned by the Taliban for the last five years, has provoked a backlash by those who insist that “the United States does not negotiate with terrorists.”

Whatever one’s position on this situation, there is no denying that it has succeeded in thrusting back onto the national stage both “the War on Terror” as well as President Obama’s prosecution of it.

The truth is that while many of his critics charge Obama and his party with “incompetence” ora lack of seriousness when it comes to combating Muslim terrorists, it is to the leftist ideology to which Obama has always been committed and its conception of race relations that we must turn for the true explanation of this phenomenon.

By the lights of the leftist, the world consists, fundamentally, of racially-embodied beings. More specifically, the only morally relevant actors are racial collectivities or races. But this isn’t all. This racialized universe has a decidedly Manichean structure, for the world, as the leftist conceives it, is a battleground on which the Forces of Light, “people of color”, wage perpetual war against the Forces of Evil, whites.

While this is somewhat of an oversimplification of matters, it nevertheless remains the prism through which Obama and the left view everything—including and particularly America’s and the West’s relationship with Islamic terrorists.

Obama’s critics characteristically accuse the President and his fellow travelers with being “appeasers” or otherwise “soft” when it comes to the deployment of military force. Sometimes it is said that leftists are oblivious to or uninterested in resisting “evil in our time.”


Jack Kerwick

Jack Kerwick received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Temple University. His area of specialization is ethics and political philosophy. He is a professor of philosophy at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jack blogs at Beliefnet.com: At the Intersection of Faith & Culture. Contact him at jackk610@verizon.net or friend him on facebook. You can also follow him on twitter.