In wake of London attack, President Trump should deliver major address to define “radical Islamic terrorism,” the ISIS threat, and his vision for victory.

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Mar 232017
 

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(Dallas, Texas) — Yesterday, the horrific attack in London underscored yet again the threat radical Islamic terrorism poses to our allies. We mourn for those murdered, killed and traumatized, and we pray for the Lord to comfort and heal.

The attack on our British ally was also a stark reminder that such terror could strike inside the U.S. homeland without warning if our leaders do not aggressively improve defensive measures to protect the American people, and launch far more aggressive offensive measures to decisively defeat the Islamic State and other militant Islamist groups.

In this context, I was encouraged that yesterday the Trump-Pence administration was actually hosting a conference of foreign ministers from 68 countries, focused on how to improve cooperation not simply to fight ISIS but to win.

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered an excellent address (read or watch here).
  • The State Department released a helpful fact sheet detailing the progress that has been made against ISIS so far.
  • The coalition released a statement on areas of agreement and focus for 2017.

Now it is time for President Trump to deliver a major address to the American people on how he views the war against the Islamic State and his vision for victory.

Mr. Trump, to his credit, is the first president in American history to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” which he referred to in his Inaugural Address and his Joint Address to Congress. Neither Presidents George W. Bush nor Barack Obama chose to use this term.

Mr. Trump is absolutely right to shine a spotlight on the homicidal ideology that drives jihadists to wage war against us and our allies. But he must be careful not to assume that everyone understands what he means. The phrase, after all, is simply shorthand.

Now that he has captured people’s attention by using the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” it is vitally important that he define it. As leader of the free world, he has an extraordinary platform to educate a national and global audience about the true nature and magnitude of the threat in more detail and with more precision. He should seize it.

He should explain to the nation that last year alone, 37 people were arrested in the U.S. for ISIS-related terrorist plots — that’s three a month. He should explain that ISIS has recruited jihadists from 120 nations, and have killed more than 1,200 people outside of Iraq and Syria. He should explain that as we take territory away from ISIS in the Mideast, thousands of trained and experienced foreign fighters are redeploying all over the world,  to launch new and devastating attacks.

The President should explain the objectives of the global jihadist movement, and why they particularly seek to attack the American people. No American President has ever walked the public through this savage worldview. He should.

At the same time, the President needs to be clear that we are not at war with the religion of Islam, and that he is not talking about the vast majority of Muslims who, in fact, do not pose a threat at all.

A careful analysis of extensive polling in the Muslim world since 9/11 by multiple research groups shows that upwards of 90 percent of Muslims worldwide are not radicals. However, it also reveals that between 7 and 10 percent of Muslims worldwide do support the violence of the Islamic State, suicide bombings against innocent civilians, and other acts of violence to accomplish their religious and political objectives. The good news is that the vast majority of Muslims are not a threat. But in a world of 1.6 billion Muslims, 10 percent represents upwards of 160 million people who support terrorism.

Fortunately, according to a new poll we recently commissioned, we found that the American people overwhelmingly rejects the idea that in the conflict with ISIS we are at war with the religion of Islam. Only 10 percent believe that. What’s more, only about one-in-three Americans (36 percent) think our leaders should say we are at war with the forces of “violent extremism.”

A plurality (45 percent) support the President in saying we are waging war against the forces of “radical Islam,” but add that they want our leaders to be careful to explain that most Muslims are not our enemy. The President could do just that in a major address.

The release of these survey results comes as the White House is rightly reaching out to our Mideast allies. President Trump recently met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and with the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince to discuss the war against ISIS. This week, he also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, after which he pledged to speed up U.S. support to Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State. Now, Mr. Trump has invited Egyptian President el-Sisi to make his first-ever visit to Washington in early April.

The President is wise to embrace both our Sunni and Shia Muslim allies and work closely with them. But he should not only seek their counsel on developing a better war strategy. He should also get their input on how to craft a much better strategic communications plan to define the nature of our enemy and explain to the public why the stakes are so high. Then he should address the American people.

At the moment, our survey found that Americans believe we are losing the war against ISIS, and nearly 70 percent fear catastrophic terrorist attacks by ISIS are coming to the homeland.

The President is showing impressive leadership in the fight against ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism. Now it’s time to brief the American people on what this all means, and where we are going next.

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BREAKING: Terror attack at UK Parliament. Police say there were two attackers. One woman is dead, many injured. Developing….

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Mar 222017
 

UK-terrorattack-March2017A terror attack unfolded this morning at the entrance to the British Parliament in downtown London. Police say two terrorists were involved. At least one woman is dead, and possibly a dozen injured.

At the moment, there has been no claim of responsibility. It has all the makings of an ISIS attack, and comes one year to the day after an ISIS attack in Brussels. But we’ll have to wait to learn more about the perpetrators and their motives.

The attack comes as foreign ministers from 68 countries are gathered in Washington to discuss how to work more closely together to defeat the Islamic State.

Here’s some of the latest coverage. I’m posting more on Twitter as the story unfolds.

“London was thrown into chaos and confusion on Wednesday, with Britain’s Parliament placed on lockdown and the prime minister evacuated, as security officers investigated ‘a terrorist incident‘ that left one woman dead and several other people injured,” reports the New York Times.

“Throughout a confusing afternoon, ambulances, emergency vehicles and heavily armed security officers thronged the area outside Parliament, as one of the busiest sections of London was cordoned off and evacuated,” the Times noted. “Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed into a vehicle and spirited back to her office, where her aides reported that she was safe.”

More from the New York Times:

  • Meanwhile, the police were still trying to make sense of an afternoon attack that apparently occurred in two stages.
  • The driver of a large vehicle mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, which leads to Parliament, killing one woman and injuring at least 10 other people. Around the same time, a man stabbed a police officer outside the gates of Parliament and was then shot by police officers.
  • It was not immediately clear if the motorist and the knife attacker were the same man….
  • The attack came on the anniversary of suicide bombings in Brussels that killed 32 people, along with three bombers.
  • The violence raised fears that London, which has been largely spared as a target of recent terrorist attacks, has now joined cities like Paris, Brussels and Berlin as targets of mass violence.

Latest reporting from the UK Daily Mail:

 

  • Four-wheel drive car said to have driven over Westminster Bridge knocking down pedestrians this afternoon
  • Victims were said to have been left scattered in the road, with some knocked into the River Thames
  • Emergency services  treated at least 10 injured people on the bridge, with one woman dead under a bus
  • ‘Asian’ knifeman got into the grounds of Parliament where he reportedly stabbed a police officer
  • The ‘middle-aged’ attacker was then shot by armed officers as armed anti-terror police flooded the area
  • Parliament was suspended and the Prime Minister was rushed from the scene in her official car

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In war against ISIS, the President is rightly reaching out to our Arab Muslim allies. Today, he is gathering 68 nations in D.C. to strengthen anti-ISIS coalition.

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Mar 222017
 

Trump-SaudiDeputyCrownPrince(Dallas, Texas) — Just two months into the Trump-Pence administration, we are seeing a very aggressive and encouraging new approach to the war against the Islamic State.

  1. The President has asked the Pentagon for a comprehensive new strategy. Mr. Trump is telling Secretary Mattis and the generals that he doesn’t simply want to fight ISIS — he wants to crush it and win a decisive victory.
  2. The President is pushing his homeland security team to step up efforts to protect the American people from the threat of ISIS attacks and secure America’s borders. Liberal judges in Washington, Hawaii and Maryland are trying to block him, but the Commander-in-Chief dare not surrender to them. He needs to stay focused everyday on protecting the homeland. Last year alone, 37 people were arrested in the U.S. on ISIS-related plots. The threat is real. We must be vigilant.
  3. The President is rightly and wisely reaching out to our Arab Muslim allies. I’m so grateful for an improved US-Israeli alliance. But to defeat ISIS, we also need a broad Muslim coalition. That’s why I’m encouraged that the President met this week with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi to discuss how to finish the job of liberating and securing northern Iraq and protecting Muslims, Christians and Yazidis there. Last week, he met with the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince to discuss defeating ISIS. He recently met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. In early April, he will meet with Egyptian President el-Sisi.
  4. Today, the Trump Administration has gathered foreign ministers from 68 nations in Washington to discuss how to work together more closely to defeat ISIS. Secretary of State Tillerson will take the lead in these meetings. There will also be lots of side meetings, all focused on developing a more effective strategy to win.

These are positive developments. But more is needed. ISIS wants to launch a series of catastrophic attacks inside the homeland. That’s what my new novel, WITHOUT WARNING, is all about. The President and his team need to work hard and stay focused to make sure this novel never comes to pass.

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Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Mar 202017
 
““But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.””

ABC News covers “Without Warning.” In 30 minute interview, we discussed writing political thrillers that feel ripped from tomorrow’s headlines — and the dangers of Islamophobia.

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Mar 172017
 

ABCNews-WithoutWarning(New York, New York) — Today, I did a 30 minute interview on ABC News Live, the network’s social media platform.

Correspondent Amna Nawaz, a lovely Muslim journalist who is originally from Pakistan, asked me about the process of writing Without Warning, where I get the inspiration and ideas for my political thrillers, and how I wound up meeting with the King of Jordan.

She also asked me about the intersection between fiction and reality, my thoughts about the differences between President Obama’s approach to ISIS and President Trump’s approach, and why as a Jewish Evangelical I’m deeply concerned about Islamophobia.

During the interview, I noted that President Trump is the first American President to ever use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” Neither President George W. Bush or Barack Obama used the term. I then called on Mr. Trump to give a major address defining what he means by the term, and urged him to be careful to explain the nature and magnitude of the threat to the American people, but also to always make clear that he’s not talking about all Muslims being a threat to us.

It was the most interesting interview I’ve done all week, and the first on this series about ISIS that I’ve done with a Muslim journalist. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch.

You can see the full ABC News interview by clicking here.

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ISIS is engaged in genocide against Christians & Shia Muslims. They must be stopped & brought to justice. I signed this statement with 40 Christian leaders urging President Trump & Congress to take action. Please stand with us.

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Mar 172017
 

ISIS-Libya-Christians(New York City) — This week marks the one year anniversary since Congress passed a resolution 393-0 condemning the Islamic State for engaging in outright genocide against Christians, Shia Muslims and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria. It was also one year ago this week that the Obama administration also defined ISIS atrocities as genocide.

Last week, I met in Washington with Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska), who authored the resolution, to thank him for taking the lead on this critical issue. We discussed a range of issues, including the exclusive new poll we’ve just released on how Americans view the war against ISIS. We also discussed next steps the U.S. government should take.

Robert Nicholson, executive director of The Philos Project, has also shown impressive leadership in educating Washington and the public about the ISIS genocide. Recently, he asked me to sign onto the following statement urging the Trump administration and Congress to take specific actions on this urgent matter. I readily agreed. I may write fiction about the ISIS threat, but this is an all-too-real evil we are facing and I want to do everything I can to stop the genocide and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Here is the full statement.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S RECOGNITION OF THE ISIS GENOCIDE

In 2016, the U.S. Congress and Secretary of State recognized that ISIS is responsible for genocide against religious minorities in areas under its control in Iraq and Syria – Yazidis, Christians, and others.  One year later, nearly all of the survivors of the ongoing genocide remain uprooted from their communities, either as refugees or internally displaced persons.  Without security, aid, justice, fundamental rights, and economic revitalization, these communities may never be able to return and rebuild.  To date, too few of the survivors have received assistance from the American people through U.S. government and UN programs.

To ensure that these communities survive in Iraq and Syria, and to promote American interests and values, we, the undersigned, urge the Trump administration and the U.S. Congress to take the following steps as the U.S. and Coalition drive ISIS back and liberate occupied territory:

  1. Direct the Departments of State and Defense to develop plans to secure, stabilize, and revitalize the ancestral homelands of indigenous religious minority communities targeted by ISIS for genocide in northern Iraq – particularly in the Sinjar, Nineveh Plain, and Tal Afar areas.  State, Defense, and supporting agencies should ensure that these communities receive U.S. and UN humanitarian aid and should encourage the private investment necessary to restore the productivity of these once self-sufficient local economies.
  2. Direct all agencies with a national security or law enforcement mission to use all available means to bring to justice both the perpetrators of this genocide and their accessories:  the material cooperators (collaborators, affiliates, financiers, and facilitators) of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates.  The administration should also work with Congress to facilitate criminal and civil litigation to bring the aiders and abettors of this genocide to justice in the U.S. and worldwide.
  3. Appoint qualified and committed individuals to implement and oversee these priorities, with the aim of advancing national security and human rights, to the following posts:
  • National Security Council Special Advisor for Human Rights;
  • National Security Council Special Advisor for Religious Freedom;
  • Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights;
  • Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism;
  • Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom;
  • Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Asia;
  • Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs;
  • Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice;
  • U.S. Representative UN Human Rights Council.

There is more, of course, the U.S. government can and should be doing. But these are three specific recommendations that I fully support.

To read the names of more than three dozen Evangelical, Catholic and other Christian leaders who have co-signed this statement, please click here.

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