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Continued: If Boston is decidedly Islamic terror, will Obama mince words?

  • Article by: CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER , Washington Post
  • Last update: April 20, 2013 - 11:57 AM

Yet Obama couldn’t say the word. This is no linguistic triviality. He wouldn’t be tripping over himself to avoid any reference to Islam if it was insignificant.

Obama has performed admirably during the Boston crisis, speaking both reassuringly and with determination. But he continues to be linguistically uneasy. His wavering over the word terrorism is telling, though in this case unimportant. The real question is: If it turns out that the Tsarnaev brothers were acting in the name of jihad, will the president forthrightly say so to the American people?

 

Charles Krauthammer’s column is distributed by the Washington Post ­Writers Group.

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