Rubio on Radical Islam: We Didn’t Avoid Saying Nazi to Not Offend Germans

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) reacted to the Democratic presidential candidates refusal to call ISIS “radical Islam.”

Rubio said, “I don’t understand it. That would be like saying we weren’t at war with Nazis because we were afraid to offend Germans part of the party but weren’t violent themselves. We are war with radical Islam with an interpretation of Islam by a significant number of people around the world who believe they justifies them in killing those who don’t agree with their ideology. This is a clash of civilizations and as I said at the debate earlier this week there is no middle ground on this. Either they win or we win and we need to begin to take this seriously. These are individuals motivated by their faith, of course, all Muslims are not members of violent jihadist groups but there’s a global jihadist movement in the world motivated by their interpretation of Islam, in this case Sunni Islam in the case of ISIS and needs to be confronted for what it is. This is not a Geo-political movement, this is a religiously originated movement.”

He said if he were president, “I would ask our allies to invoke article 5.  This was clearly an act of war, an attack on one of our NATO allies and we should invoke article 5 of the NATO agreement and bring everyone together to put together a coalition to confront this challenge.”

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