What doesn’t the left get about the holy war Islam has been fighting with the West?

Why the relentless whining from the panic-stricken left wing opposition party, especially the mainstream media, whenever Steve Bannon, chief strategist to the President, reiterates what anyone with a pulse over the past 16 years already knows: “Islam is engaged in a holy war with the West and has been since its inception.” 

SALON asks “Does the Trump administration want a holy war against Islam?” Steve Bannon’s apocalyptic views are very close to those of ISIS, and Trump is surrounded by religious “zealots.”

After multiple delays, President Donald Trump finally signed a new executive order last Monday that reinstated a travel ban on citizens from six of the seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria and Yemen). 

The DHS report, which wrongly noted that citizens from the countries included in the first ban are “rarely implicated in U.S.-based terrorism.”

The Left argues that most foreign-born, U.S-based violent Muslim extremists are likely radicalized several years after their entry to the United States,” (presenting yet another reason for deportations of Muslims) and that different “experiences and grievances,” including “perceived injustices against Muslims in the homeland and abroad because of U.S. policies, feelings of anger and isolation, and witnessing violence as a child,” are the primary causes. (Oh, here we go, it’s America’s fault that Muslims hate the West)

(So-called) experts have long contended that “Islamophobic” rhetoric and policies are more likely to fuel radicalization than to “eradicate” radical Islamic terrorism. (In other words, pre-1993 and pre-9/11, when nobody was even thinking about Islam and likely had never heard of the word “Islamophobia,” Muslim terrorists attacked America anyway)

“I think the Muslim ban is dead,” wrongly remarked Rachel Madcow in her televised MSNBC show. As usual, she was wrong. Trump has been firmly committed to some kind of ban since calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” in late 2015.

While Trump’s unwillingness to abandon this “reckless” policy is probably more about his massive ego and inability to admit when he is wrong than anything else, one has to wonder whether there are ulterior motives involved. When the original ban was first unveiled, (so-called) experts widely denounced it as “counterproductive” and “stupid.” 

But the president’s advisers are far from stupid, and the implications of the ban can hardly be lost on its chief architect, Steve Bannon. Is it too far-fetched to surmise that Bannon — who has previously said that the “Judeo-Christian West” is at war with “expansionist Islamic ideology,” and that we’re on the verge of a “global war” against “Islamic fascism” — is actually trying to alienate Muslims and fuel radicalization?

Like many right-wing extremists in the West, Bannon’s worldview mirrors that of his archenemies in ISIS and al-Qaeda, who also proclaim that the Islamic world and the Christian West cannot coexist peacefully, and that we are on the brink of an apocalyptic holy war. While the Christian fundamentalist and the radical Islamist are, in their minds, sworn enemies in this “clash of civilizations,” they are both reactionary ideologues who feed off each other.