T. Belman. Perle disappoints, both in his diagnoses and his prescription. He minimizes this Islamist sub-group to maybe hundreds of thousands rather than tens of millions and he doesn’t identify the root problem as Islam and those Islamic governments that promote them and their ideology. He fails to acknowledge that a large majority of Muslims support Sharia law and Jihad. As for solutions, he offers none.
By Bill Hoffman, NEWSMAX
As France struggles to restore calm after three days of attacks by Islamic extremists, the world seems clueless as to how to end the scourge of terrorism, former Assistant Defense Secretary Richard Perle tells Newsmax TV.
“This act of terror will be followed by other acts of terror because we do not have in place now, and are unlikely anytime to put in place, policies up to the task of dealing with the scourge of terrorism, which appears in many countries, in many forms,” Perle said Friday on Newsmax’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.”
“Somehow the governments of the world don’t seem to have a clue about how to deal with it.”
Perle, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under President Ronald Reagan, said part of the issue is a failure to face reality.
“The reality is that within the community of people who believe in Islam, there is a group, a small group but nevertheless a group, whose numbers are in the thousands and maybe tens or hundreds of thousands,” he said.
“[They] have a vision of Islam that entails the use of violence to bring about the triumph of Islam over the rest of the world.
“Until we face that fact and design strategies built on that recognition, these things will continue to happen.”
France’s wave of terror began Wednesday when two masked gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people.
A day later, a female police officer in a southern Paris district was shot dead by a third gunman. On Friday, hostages were taken at a Jewish supermarket.
Perle said the threat of terror in France has gotten out of hand over time because the government has allowed certain Muslim communities to operate with their own laws.
“It’s happened gradually over time, and it’s now at the point where the police and the civil authorities in France and some other places simply don’t know how cope with it,” he said.
“It’s not acceptable to have a separate and violent culture in the midst of an open and democratic society, because open societies have no defense against this kind of violence unless they can deal with it directly.
“That means you’ve got to be able to go anywhere to enforce the laws. You can’t decide that this suburb or that suburb is predominantly Muslim and therefore the law can’t be enforced.”
But Perle does not think the same situation is inevitable for the United States.
“The reason for that is that, by and large, American Muslims are integrated into American society. That is much less true in France and …read more