Sunday, January 29, 2017

Said but not understood

Donald Trump today made phone calls to King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed. The official statements from the respective news agencies (SPA, WAM) are stilted but interesting, especially this from Sheikh Mohamed --

Sheikh Mohamed affirmed that extremism and terrorism have no religion or identity and the groups that preach false slogans and ideologies seek to disguise their criminal intention in spreading chaos and destruction.

That's of course central to the debate about whether describing these groups as Islamic terrorism is useful.

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