Monday, May 22, 2017


'Your soul will be fully condemned!' Trump's Saudi speech warns terrorists their days are numbered as he implores Arab leaders to stamp out 'Islamic terror groups' and 'drive them out of your places of worship'

By David Martosko

Daily Mail
May 21, 2017

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA -- Donald Trump insisted in a speech addressing global 'Islamic extremism' that Muslim leaders must scare would-be terrorists into submission, warning them about the impact suicide bombings will have on their immortal souls.

'Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity,' Trump said in a sumptuous Saudi ballroom that put Mar-a-Lago to shame.

'If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be fully condemned,' he said.

'Heroes don't kill innocents,' a confident Trump declared at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh. 'They save them.'

The president urged 55 world leaders from Arab and other Muslim nations to 'drive out' terrorists from every corner of their lives – including mosques – in a zero-tolerance approach that lines up with his 2016 campaign rhetoric.

'Drive them out!' he said. 'Drive them out of your places of worship, Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy lands, and drive them out of this earth,' he trumpeted.

Trump's performance was forceful at times but largely a cautious, measured and presidential-sounding effort, raising his voice only once.

'With God's help this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed,' the president said.

Trump insisted that fighting terrorism is 'a battle between good and evil,' not between 'different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.'

'Terrorists do not worship God. They worship death,' Trump declared. 'If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result.'

He predicted that in the absence of multi-nation commitments to action, 'peaceful societies will be engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered.'

And if the world doesn't unite to fight ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and other groups, he said, 'not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, we will be judged by God.'

Trump said Middle Eastern nations 'can't wait' for the U.S. to solve the terror problem for them.

'Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combating radicalization,' he said.

Trump took pains to isolate Iran in his speech, saying the Islamic republican is spreading 'destruction and chaos' throughout the Middle East and gives terrorists 'safe harbor, financial backing and the social standing needed for recruitment.'

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, too, declared on Sunday that 'the Iranian regime has been the spearhead of global terrorism.'

Trump called defeating global terrorism 'history's great test,' as he urged summit attendees to 'vanquish the forces that terrorism brings with it every single time.'

'Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence and innocent from hatred,' Trump said.

Still, the president shied away from referring specifically to 'radical Islamic terrorism,' a phrase he lambasted both his predecessor Barack Obama and his election opponent Hillary Clinton for avoiding.

Instead he said prevailing 'means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists, and Islamic terror of all kinds.'

The White House's prepared remarks were different, citing 'Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires.'

'Islamist' is a term meant to apply more to governments and movements than to individuals motivated by religion to sow chaos.

'This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it,' Trump said, reading from teleprompters.

King Salman seemed to agree with Trump's most aggressive and foreboding statement – that jihadi terrorists place their souls at risk.

'Our way to achieve the goals of our religion and win everlasting life in heaven is to promote the tolerant values of Islam, which are based in peace and moderation,' he said in introducing Trump from behind a desk onstage.

'There is no honor in committing murder,' he said through a translator. 'Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance. ... it considers killing an innocent soul tantamount to killing all of humanity.'

Salman called on Gulf Cooperation Council leaders to 'reject extremism, work on fighting all forms of terrorism, stop its financing and its propagation, dry up its sources, and stand firm in confronting this scourge that poses a danger to all of humanity.'

And he pledged to prosecute terrorists and terror financing, to 'eradicate' the ISIS terror army 'and other terrorist organizations regardless of their religious, sect or ideology.'

President Trump spoke before the GCC members at an Arab Islamic American Summit event in Riyadh, telling them that 'every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.'

He insisted that heads of state begin 'standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.'

But Trump didn't demand that nations embrace broad cultural or political changes as a condition of working with the United States.

'Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption,' he pledged.

'We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention.'

'Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God,' Trump said.

His speech came just hours after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with six Persian Gulf to counter global terrorism by cracking down on people and groups who finance violent jihadis.

Trump, in his address, urged nations to 'cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters and help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements.'

'We must stop what they're doing to inspire, because they do nothing to inspire but kill,' he said.

'Inspire' is the English-language online propaganda magazine of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The Gulf Cooperation Council nations who agreed to the measure include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Among the agreement's components is the establishment of a center in Riyadh to fight extremism – especially online.

White House deputy national security advisor Dina Powell told reporters in Riyadh on Sunday that the pact represents the 'farthest reaching commitment to not finance terrorist organizations,' and said the U.S. Treasury Department will monitor terror financing in Gulf states.

'The unique piece of it is that every single one of them are signatories on how they are responsible and will actually prosecute the financing of terrorism – including individuals, Powell said.

The president's two-day stop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia marks just the first stage of a nine-day international trip that will see him next in Israel, and then Rome, Brussels and a small resort town in Sicily.

The agenda includes NATO and G7 meetings, along with talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and an audience with Pope Francis.

But Sunday's anti-terror speech in the Saudi kingdom was Job One, widely seen as Trump's first chance to have a global impact on a subject that helped propel him to the White House.

'We can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden,' the president said.

'Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land.

'America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them.'

Trump made waves a year and a half ago with a campaign speech in which he called for 'a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States' until measures were taken to stop terrorists at the border.

That, in combination with his 'America first' slogan and its accompanying philosophy, had a worrying ripple effect across the Arab world.

Trump's speech, largely crafted by hard-line aide Stephen Miller, highlighted the advancement of American interests while not condemning his audience's religion.

'America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture – we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship,' he said.

'Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all.'

'I know that our time together will bring many blessings to your people and mine,' he said, announcing that he 'a message of friendship, hope and love.'

He insisted that leaders focus on 'protecting equality' in the Arab world, and cultivating a region with 'Christians, Muslims and Jews living side by side.'

'We must practice tolerance and respect for each other again,' he said, insisting on a social system where 'every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity can enjoy a life of dignity and hope.'

EDITOR’S NOTE: Great speech! It beats the supreme shit out of the plea Obama made to Muslims in Egypt in 2009. But the problem is that Trump was speaking to many of the very leaders who have bankrolled terrorist groups. And the Imams of the Wahhabi mosques that have been set up in the U.S. by the Saudis continually preach hatred of the West and praise Islamic terrorism.

It should be noted that Trump’s speech writers and advisers did not let him use his oft said words, “radical Islamic terrorism,” a phrase that is offensive to many Muslims.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was a good speech. Trump is fighting the good fight for America and the world!