Serial dishonesty from conservatives who misread what's right in front of them? Nothing new:
But the President touting a victory about core Al Qaeda isn't the most bizarre part of the piece. Further down, Obama claims those engaging in violent extremism have "legitimate grievances" that must be addressed.
Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies.
What, exactly, does Obama mean when he says "legitimate grievances"? The grievances Al Qaeda and ISIS hold are against infidels and Muslims who don't go far enough to wage jihad on the West. These "grievances" aren't economic, despite what the State Department would like us to believe.First of all, Pavlich incorrectly links what the president is saying to in order to make it seem like the extremists have legitimate grievances. Here's the full para from the President's op-ed (note the truncated version above)
Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies. Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.As properly understood, the "extremists" DO NOT have legitimate grievances. The citizens of a human rights abusing state are responsible for addressing their own "legitimate grievances" through the democratic process.
Last time I checked, the "democratic process" did not involve becoming an extremist. The President seems to be serving notice to human rights abusing states that they are responsible for the creation of their own extremists. This could be directed at Syria, Russia, Colombia, Malaysia, or Iran in virtually any context, to name just a few. China has certainly abused human rights and created extremists out of minority populations. Saudi Arabia would seem to be the main recipient of the message. The President wants people who are suffering at the hands of human rights abusing states to legitimately express their anger and build strong civil societies in order to escape poverty.
This is naive of course because nobody really wants to be "just like us" and have democracy and all that. If you have a democracy, you end up with the lunacy that is Townhall, you see.