Thirteen years after 9/11, there is one thing that virtually all our politicians, law enforcement officials, and mainstream media guardians of opinion know: that attack had nothing whatsoever to do with Islam, and neither does any other jihad terror attack, anywhere, no matter how often its perpetrators quote the Qur'an and invoke Muhammad. Islam, we're told again and again, is a good, benign thing – indeed, a positive force for societies, and to be encouraged in the West. Jihad terror is an aberration, an outrage against the Religion of Peace's peaceful teachings. These lessons from our betters are coming more and more often in light of the advent of the Islamic State.
The caliph Ibrahim, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has a PhD in Islamic Studies. But Barack Obama is unimpressed with his Islamic erudition: "ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents." State Department spokesperson Marie Harf emphasized that Obama meant what he said: "ISIL does not operate in the name of any religion. The president has been very clear about that, and the more we can underscore that, the better."
Secretary of State John Kerry said that for some members of the international coalition he hopes to build against the Islamic State, joining it "will mean demolishing the distortion of one of the world's great peaceful religions."