By Javier Manjarres
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s recent address on the Senate floor segued from a discussion about foreign aid to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt into a full-throated condemnation of radical Islam, including the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt. A visibly ticked-off Rubio seems intent on addressing the recent talk of cutting all future U.S. aid to these countries.
Senator Rubio used unusually strong rhetoric in defining who exactly these “radical Islamists” really are- “violent people” as he called them, who must be defeated. Rubio is correct in his assessment of the ‘War on Terror’ and the struggle against the irreconcilable wing of radical Islam that Americans have “a very clear choice- either they win, or we win.”
Here is a portion of Senator Rubio’s remarks-
But we also have to accept the hard, cold fact that there are radical Islamists in that part of the world who you will never be able to reason with. They are never going to change their minds. They are never going to come around. They are never going to one day all of a sudden change their behavior because we engage them more, because we give more speeches at their universities. They are radical Islamists, a violent people.
And it’s a very clear choice: either they win, or we win. And the sooner we accept that, the better off we’re going to be. We have to accept that, on the one hand, there are millions of people who want a new, better future. We will side with them. We will support their aspirations. We will work with their hopes for civilian leadership, peace and economic prosperity. But for those who are radical Islamists, whose view is that they want to conquer and bring under their control everyone who is not who they are, we have to defeat them.
I wish that weren’t the case, but it is. The sooner we accept that, the clearer our policies are going to be. This is not just a critical moment for America and our foreign policy; this is a critical moment for them as well. Where they are going to have to decide if Egypt truly wants a better future for their people, one where their economy is growing and is prosperous and young people can fulfill their aspirations. They are going to have to unequivocally reject this kind of stuff or they are going to be trapped in the 18th century forever. –U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
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