The United Nations is following suit with President Barack Obama in its apparent effort to not classify the jihadist attack — killing a dozen Parisians at the Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters — an act of "Islamic" terrorism.
Refusing to address the fact that numerous Muslim jihadist websites around the globe are declaring the murder of 12 people — including four Charlie Hebdo editors and two police officers — a vengeful victory against the magazine for its satirical cartoons of Islam's prophet Muhammad, the U.N. and the U.S. president have stayed on message to avoid designating the massacre as an act of Islamic terrorism.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon skirted around making any reference to Islam in his public statement condemning the jihadists' killing spree in Paris, sticking to free speech and pro-democracy rhetoric. "This act of violence can in no way be justified," Ki-Moon stated. "This is an attack against freedom of expression and freedom of the press — the two pillars of democracy."
Ki-Moon carefully avoided mentioning Islam, even though the terrorists yelled "Allah is greater" and that they were "avenging their prophet" (Muhammad). Instead, he stuck to jargon about unity and the fight for liberty.
"This horrific attack is meant to divide," Ki-Moon proclaimed. "We must not fall into that trap. This is a moment for solidarity. Around the world, we must stand strong for freedom of expression and tolerance and stand against forces of division and hate."
As if reading from the same script, Obama sidestepped addressing Islam, making a similar declaration that the primary attack was against the freedom of speech.
"[The Paris attack] underscores the degree to which these terrorists fear freedom of speech and freedom of the press," Obama declared Wednesday, avoiding any mention of the massacre's religious underpinnings.
What's really going on here?
Getting to the bottom of the issue, terror expert Daniel Kochis gives some valuable insight as to why public officials are so averse to touch the term "Islamic terrorists" with the proverbial 10-foot pole. Kochis, a research assistant with The Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, says that their attempts to appear Islamic-friendly is becoming more and more of a security issue because the true nature of the attacks are being avoided, making it virtually impossible to apprehend the jihadist perpetrators.
"[It's difficult to stop the terrorists] because you're not getting to the ideological basis behind the violence," Kochis told WND. "There is a public relations push by a lot of Islamic organizations that if you say anything against Islam or even question Islam as the basis for these attacks, then you are 'Islamophobic.' And that's something the Obama administration and the United Nations are both very careful [to] avoid."
Kochis says that if America and the U.N. don't stop assuaging the Muslim world and hitting its talking points, crucial dialogue about deterring future ISIS attacks on Western nations will be averted and usher in devastating attacks.
"We need to identify the ideology behind these attacks if we are to effectively combat these attacks," Kochis stressed. "Until the West recognizes the religious underpinnings of this kind of violence, understanding those foundations, it's something we're never going to be able to defeat completely."
Just sweep it under the rug
Reportedly on task with the U.N.'s pro-Islamic messaging, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein successfully mirrored Ki-Moon's dance around jihad as the basis behind the Paris terrorist attack, adhering to the freedom of expression messaging.
"I utterly condemn the appalling and ruthless attack on media workers and police officers in Paris earlier today, and urge anyone who has information that could help to locate the individuals who planned or carried out this hideous crime to immediately bring it to the attention of the French authorities, before other lives are lost," Hussein stated shortly after the attack. "Freedom of expression and opinion are a cornerstone for any democratic society. Those trying to divide communities on grounds of religion, ethnicity or any other reason must not be allowed to succeed."
Any rebuke of Islam's "holy war" was far from Hussein's lips. Instead, he decided to use his time in the media spotlight to exhort Europeans to behave themselves and not seek vengeance of their own — protecting the very Muslims he would not mention.
"If this attack is allowed to feed discrimination and prejudice, it will be playing straight into the hands of extremists whose clear aim is to divide religions and societies," Hussein argued. "With xenophobia and anti-migrant sentiments already on the rise in Europe, I am very concerned that this awful, calculated act will be exploited by extremists of all sorts."
On board with protecting the Muslim identity and motivations of the murderous Parisian assailants, the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, Culture and Communications (UNESCO) swapped speaking about jihadism as the basis of the attacks with the popular alternative: the assault on freedom of expression.
"I am horrified by this shocking attack against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo," UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed. "My heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and to those who have been injured. It is an attack on the media and freedom of expression."
Apparently present at the U.N.'s latest messaging meeting, Bokova swept the topic of Islam under the rug in favor of that increasingly popular conversation piece.
"The world community cannot allow extremists to silence the free flow of opinions and ideas," Bokova asserted. "The perpetrators of this attack must be brought to justice and UNESCO is ever more determined to stand for a free and independent press."
The proof is in the pudding
Removing any doubt that the Paris attack was an Islamic-supported jihadist attack, the Washington, DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) publicized some comments by members of a pro-ISIS forum called Jihadi Media Platform, according to WND. Here's how they responded to the Paris attack at the French satiric magazine:
"[This] is news that quenches the thirst for revenge. By Allah, beloved ones, let us not think lightly of prayers. By Allah, [the attackers] are soldiers of Allah." — Abu Al-Qassem Al-Shawqi
"France was [once] part of the land of Islam and will return to be the land of Islam, in spite the worshippers of the Cross." — Al-Dia' Al-Gharib
"Congratulations to France and to its people for reaping what their hands sowed. Did these evil cartoonists think that we were a nation that would remain silent in face of those who insult our Prophet? Did [French President Francois] Hollande and the governments that preceded him think that their interventions and despotism in the lands of the Muslims would not be met with retribution? No, by Allah, from now on the youths of Islam will no longer remain silent, especially since we have a state [ISIS] to mobilize armies if anybody insults the nation of Islam." — Abu Bakr Al-Zarini
"France is one of the harshest enemies of Islam and of the Islamic State in particular." — Muhib Al-Salihin
And if there is any doubt left about the Muslim celebration of the French attack, MEMRI unearthed more tweets further celebrating an Islamic victory:
"France turned the lands of the Muslims into battlefields, and now the Muslims have turned Paris into a battlefield. Allah Akbar." — Al-Khilafa Hiya Al-Hal (@death4x)
"Fear prevails among the newspapers and journalists who hate Islam. There are demands for military protection of the paper headquarters. #Paris is turning into a military barracks." — Hamel Al-Liwa' (@blue964)
"#Paris Is Burning. Oh Allah slaughter them, Allah attack them. This newspaper insulted the Messenger of Allah and Islam." — Najam (@35njm)