On Tuesday, President Trump, speaking from Judea and Samaria while standing next to master terrorist supporter Palestinian dictator Mahmoud Abbas, tore into the Islamic terrorists responsible for the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday evening. “So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” Trump stated. “I won’t call them monsters, because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers, because that’s what they are. They’re losers, and we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers. Just remember that.”
Some on the Left, predictably, thought Trump’s language was childish.
Trump on the Manchester attack: “So many people killed by evil losers.” He sounds like a high school girl reacting to her hair being pulled.
— Una Hajdari (@UnaHajdari) May 23, 2017
Trump sounds like a 3rd grader name calling terrorists “Evil Losers”. Is this how a President is supposed to act?
— Alan Greenspan (@spangreen) May 23, 2017
Here’s the thing: Trump is absolutely right.
Every time there is an Islamic terrorist attack, people immediately jump to trying to understand the mind of the terrorist. What drove him to blow himself up in a pizzeria or at a dance club? What made him pick up a gun and mow down patrons at a gay bar? Why would he drive a truck through a Christmas market?
We all know the answer: Islamic extremism.
But by continually asking the question — and then answering it with various laments about poverty or lack of opportunity — we put the onus on ourselves to answer the charge implicit in terrorism: that the terrorists are the actual victims, and that they have somehow been wronged.
Here’s the truth: they haven’t been wronged. They are, as President Trump says, merely evil losers. They deserve no answer, no sympathy. They require no explanation from us. Those who would murder children at a pop concert ought to be killed at the earliest available opportunity — and we shouldn’t bother trying to decrypt “how” the “monsters” were created. That’s because they’re not “monsters” at all. They’re human beings who believe evil things, and they are losers who aren’t winning any battles in heaven or on earth. Their names will disappear from history, their souls burn in eternity.
Trump is also right that we must stop using the language of strength to describe those who act out of weakness. If you have to blow up 13-year-old girls listening to teeny pop material, you’re not a powerful “monster.” You’re a worm, a feeble piece of human refuse. We should describe terrorists with contempt, not build them up in their own minds. Islamic terrorists feed off the notion that the West lives in fear of them. We live in fear of the things they will do, obviously, but we don’t live in fear of them — because they’re ridiculous and puny human beings. Ridiculous and puny human beings can harm innocent people, too. But handing them an unearned moniker like “monster” — scary by nature — is counterproductive, and boosts egos where no boost is necessary.
So, good for Trump. Trump knows well how to demean people, make them feel smaller. And Islamic terrorists should be scorned, derided, mocked, and treated as small. They’re not martyrs, they’re not warriors, they’re not victims. They’re evil losers.