White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has spewed a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric and it’s backfiring horribly.
The front page of Al Qaeda newspaper features an image of Bannon and the content inside focuses on his anti-Islam rhetoric.
The publication, Al Masra, references various negative comments he has made against Islam. The main rhetoric focuses on Bannon’s comments which suggest the West and Islam are incompatible in every way.
Dr. Elisabeth Kendall, a Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College was the first to tweet about Bannon’s integral part in growing Al Qaeda’s following.
— Elisabeth Kendall (@Dr_E_Kendall) February 28, 2017
— Elisabeth Kendall (@Dr_E_Kendall) February 19, 2017
It’s no surprise that Al Qaeda would take such actions. Terrorist groups seek out the anti-religious sentiment and use that rhetoric to convince others to join their efforts to protect their rights.
>In February 2017, Kendall noted that Al Masra had two mentions in its January 2016 issue.
— Elisabeth Kendall (@Dr_E_Kendall) February 8, 2017
Before working for Trump, Bannon spent years publishing stories for Breitbart News which directly showed clashes between the US and Muslim dominated countries.
“If you look back at the long history of the Judeo-Christian West struggle against Islam, I believe that our forefathers kept their stance, and I think they did the right thing,” Bannon said in 2014 when talking to a Catholic group in Rome.
Experts agree that Bannon’s rhetoric is bad for America.
“[The Muslim ban policy is] far more potent than any video or other piece of propaganda,” Charlie Winter, a senior fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College London, explained to CNN.
He’s not alone, Fawaz Gerges, chairman of contemporary Middle East studies at the London School of Economics and author of “ISIS: A History,” told CNN, “If you are serious about defeating ISIS, the last thing you want to do is portray the fight as Islam vs. the West.”
We can probably expect to see a lot more photos of Bannon and President Trump in terrorist published newspapers in the coming years.
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