Texas Governor Rick Perry is already a conservative superstar and is a likely 2016 Presidential candidate. But at a private meeting with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in London, Perry explained his foreign policy positions and just how serious the radical Islam threat is.
In addition, he described how dangerous the creeping “Islamification” of Britain is. He called for moral clarity in this ongoing global battle against terrorism.
Speaking on the dangers of radical Islam, Governor Perry chose not to follow the form of U.S. President Barack Obama or UK Prime Minister David Cameron by insisting that Islamic terrorists are “not Muslim,” a convenient dodge recently described as a “reassuring assertion, and one that almost everyone, including the vast majority of Muslims, would desperately like to believe”, but ultimately “wishful thinking.”
Instead, Perry asserted the moralistic strength of Western culture, and that of ISIS a “falsehood”: “Their twisted version of Islam amounts to a creed of human cruelty – pure sadism, and nothing more.”
He pulled no punches when describing in graphic detail the ISIS advance: “The enslavement, the beheadings, the crucifixions, the mass executions, the forced conversions. And all of this, of course, by men who tell themselves they are doing God’s work on this earth.” Criticising those who assert “quite plainly, that the Middle East is ultimately no concern of ours” Perry opposed moral relativism in the face of the barbarity of the Islamic State: “we have every right to judge, and every reason to act.”
Also, Perry noted how dangerous it is now that so many people throughout the world hold shamefully anti-semitic views about Israel and its people:
Concern about rising anti-Semitism in Europe, as well as the Islamification of Britain was also apparent, as the Governor was at pains to emphasise his belief in Britain as America’s first ally and friend in the world. Perry said some within British society, in “Islamic areas… where extremists are gaining the upper hand” had come to expect “the ways of the sharia code to replace British law and British liberty,” and Britain was seeing the rise of anti-Semitic “no-go zones.”
And in his full-throated defense of the West, he issued a battle-cry against Islamic radicals:
But to every extremist, it has to be made clear: we will not allow you to exploit our tolerance, so that you can import your intolerance. We will not let you destroy our peace with your violent ideas. If you expect to live among us, and yet plan against us, to receive the protections and comforts of a free society, while showing none of its virtues or graces, then you can have our answer now: No, not on our watch!
Some left-wing Texas newspapers described Perry’s foreign policy as “Bush on steroids“… as if that’s a bad thing. But it is clear that Perry has the moral clarity to speak out against evil in this world, and is well suited to lead our nation.
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