Nothing like a tough, clear answer to a simple question!
Here is video of President Obama in India taking a question from a young lady who asked Obama very straightforwardly, “What is your opinion of Jihad?”
Obama’s answer? “Well, the phrase Jihad has a lot of meanings within Islam, and is subject to a lot of different interpretations.” He then droned on about how Islam is a peaceful religion and the vast majority of adherents are peaceful people. He did say that violence on the part of any religion against others is not justified.
This young lady asked a very clear question, and Obama knows full well that by “Jihad” she meant the belief by untold numbers of Muslims that killing the infidel in the name of Islam is fully justified – even required of devout Muslims. Rather than address the root of Radical Islamic Jihadist attacks on the United States, India and other nations, Obama parsed the meaning of the word and gave his usual non-answer. What a missed opportunity to condemn “Jihad,” and to call on Muslim leaders around the world to join him in condemning it. But that might hurt someone’s feelings. It might even make Radical Muslims want to do America harm.