The White House uploaded a video to YouTube yesterday that censored French President Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is the “root of terrorism.”
According to the transcript, Hollande told President Barack Obama (bolded to show which part of the quote was silenced in the audio):
“We are also making sure that between Europe and the United States there can be a very high level coordination. But we’re also well aware that the roots of terrorism, Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we’re doing within the framework of the coalition. And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we’ve been able to launch with the coalition. We are continuing to support Iraq. This is also a decision we have taken, supporting the Iraqi government and making sure that they can claim back their entire territory, including Mosul.”
Republicans have often criticized the Obama administration (and more specifically, Obama himself) for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” Hillary Clinton has received similar criticism, but she has previously said that her refusal was simply “semantics.”
Regardless, the flip side to this is that calling it “Islamic terrorism” stigmatizes a large number of innocent people — who are completely separate from the terrorists causing so much violence and death — all because of the deeds of a few extremists.
It is the equivalent of calling the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) “Christianist terrorism,” which seems a bit silly, doesn’t it? We as a society don’t consider the KKK “true Christians” — more people consider this terrorist group crazy extremists that use the Bible as a way to justify racist and despicable violence. Why can’t the same be said for Islam?
Still, not wanting to rock the boat, The White House has since released a statement to the public, claiming that the audio was simply a glitch.
“A technical issue with the audio during the recording of President Hollande’s remarks led to a brief drop in the audio recording of the English interpretation,” a White House official explained to Breitbart News when asked for comment. “As soon as this was brought to our attention, we posted an updated video online with the complete audio, which is consistent with the written transcript we released yesterday.”
Check out the video below:
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