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terrorism has mystical powersAs it turns out, the first time I described the enemy as "radical Islam" was in a column I wrote days after 9/11 . I used the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" in another column later that month. Obama has often spoken about the problems of extremism in Islam.Obama and Clinton have chosen not to specifically and directly describe the enemy as "radical Islam" out of deference to the many Muslim countries and leaders who feel it gives the terrorists legitimacy.Most important, however, fighting this terrorist group is not the same as fighting radical Islam. Strangely, after the Republican candidates boldly and correctly described the enemy as an ideology – which is much broader than one group – they spoke almost entirely about fighting that one group. The enemy is radical Islam, an ideology that has spread over the last four decades – for a variety of reasons – and now infects alienated young men and women from across the Muslim world.
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