Islamic terror groups have vowed to capitalise on the election campaign remarks of the President-elect Donald Trump to mobilise more recruits into their ranks, as well as intensifying their operations against the United States of America and the rest of the world.
To the Islamic radicals, Trump’s position in the war against terrorism in the Middle East is not just provocative, but literally a strong propaganda tool to mobilise new jihadists into their sects.
“He does not differentiate between extremist and moderate Islamist trends and, at the same time, he overlooks (the fact) that his extremism will generate extremism in return,” Iraq’s powerful Moqtada al-Sadr, Shi’ite Muslim cleric, was quoted as saying.
During his campaigns, Trump repeatedly come under attacks for his call for a total ban on Muslim entry and he proposed reform the immigration policy to check the influx of terror elements into the states.
In August, during his speech at Ohio, Trump said that his blueprint for conquering global terrorism is to partner with NATO and Middle East allies. He believes that retaining the tactics that earned the United states victory in the Cold War era, would be appropriate in current efforts to conquer terror.
“We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism just as we have defeated every threat we faced at every age,”
“I have previously said NATO was obsolete because it failed to deal adequately with terrorism. Since my comments, they have changed their policy and now have a new division focused on terror threats, very good,” he said.
But IS feels that Trump is America’s wrong choice. “Our leaders were closely following the US election but it was unexpected that the Americans will dig their own graves and they did so,” IS Khorasani, reportedly warned.
However, the President-elect, from his bold speeches seem undeterred. He said, “We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people, the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world” that export terrorism.
“In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. I call it extreme vetting.”
John Ezeh, a peace and conflict scholar at the University of Nigeria, said: “In this case, what Trump said doesn’t matter because terrorists has no defined enemy. What they do is to find any material that they could afford to use in their propaganda. Asking Mr. Donald
Trump’s change of language may not actually not lesson their use of propaganda. In the absence of Trump, they would have weaved their campaign against some other concepts.
He urged the new American President-elect to identify moderate Muslims and work with them in the fight against terrorism. “He should try partnering with those who seek peace in Islam to fight terror and also reclaim the wholesomeness of the Islamic faith,” he advised.
– Orji Sunday, Correspondent (Politics)