Yesterday, over 120 people were killed in Paris by ISIS. While the rest of the world expressed sorrow and horror in reacting to this tragedy, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson made it a point to harness it for his own political agenda.
Bear in mind this is the same guy who has claimed he was OK with shooting down Russian jets over Syria, and has put himself on a cross saying that the media was out to get him for fact-checking his stories about his past.
Now Ben Carson is trying to further capitalize on his
book tour presidential campaign by tying the Paris attacks to the anti-immigration rhetoric from the Republican Party.
Speaking to a group of Republican Party activists at an event Friday evening, Carson said, “If we’re going to be bringing 200,000 people over here from that region — if I were one of the leaders of the global jihadist movement and I didn’t infiltrate that group of people with my people, that would be almost malpractice.”
He said the Obama administration lacks “the kind of vision that would allow you to recognize that once you’ve gotten a place like Iraq under control you don’t withdraw, which leaves an incredible vacuum and allows for the development of things like ISIS.” (Source)
Conservative politicians have been quick to jump on this tragedy for their own political agenda. It isn’t just Ben Carson – South Carolina congressman Jeff Duncan has claimed that Europe’s charitable outreach to refugees is to blame for these attacks on France.
This world is a complex place with many religious, economic and political ideologies in play. Ben Carson and much of the Republican Party wants you to believe that the only way forward is to bomb everyone else into submission. They want you to believe that only more military spending and more religious fervor can win the fight against Islamic extremism.
This isn’t to say that the world doesn’t have a problem with Islamic extremism – because it absolutely does. We saw that on 9-11 and we’ve seen that again in the last few weeks with ISIS attacks against civilians. But countering religious extremism with more religious extremism and jingoistic platitudes won’t solve the problem. This will actually make the problem worse – not better.
We can’t bomb our way out of this problem. For every missile we fire, we create future terrorists. The only way to solve the problem that is ISIS and Islamic extremism is for us to promote economic prosperity for all people and moderate Islam in the Middle East.
Extremism counts on poverty and ignorance, which explains why Ben Carson and Donald Trump are currently leading in the Republican primary polls.
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