MembersFailing to Know Your Enemy

Ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu famously encouraged readers of his seminal work The Art of War to “know your enemy.”

By Ryan Jones |
Young Israeli LGBT equality activists light candles as they gather at Zion Square in Jerusalem in solidarity with the victims of the shooting attack at a gay club in Orlando, USA, on June 12, 2016. Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90

However, the mid-June terrorist shootings that killed four at a restaurant in Tel Aviv and 50 at a gay club in Orlando, Florida again demonstrated that both Israel and the United States are doing their best to ignore such sage advice.

 

The deliberate failure of President Barack Obama to acknowledge the Islamic background of the Orlando shooter was glaring, but not unexpected. Obama, like most Western leaders of late, has been on a determined campaign to redefine Islam as an ideology compatible with the values of liberal societies.

 

It was not always so, as America’s sixth president John Quincy Adams once said in an essay: “He [Mohammed] declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part...

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