Recite from the Koran or die

Hillary Clinton and Team Obama like to pretend that the terrorism perpetrated throughout the world by Muslims has nothing to do with Islam. Maybe they should tell this to the families of those killed today at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali.

According to reports, the terrorists took a large number of hostages, but then released those (reportedly around 20 in number) who could recite a verse from the Koran. That’s what I call a religious test.

On the rare occasions when folks of the “nothing to do with Islam” persuasion argue, rather than mindlessly assert, this position, they may say that terrorists kill Muslims as well as non-Muslims. The killing is said to be indiscriminate in terms of religion, and therefore not related to Islam.

The argument is a non-sequitur. If the killing is conducted by Muslims and is inspired by the teachings of their faith, it obviously has something to do with Islam.

Nor is killing “indiscriminate” when Muslims die collaterally in attacks on Western secular targets like night clubs. And killing is not “indiscriminate” or unrelated to Islam if terrorists target Muslims who are seen as standing in the way of their Islam-based goals.

In any case, if reports are true, it’s beyond dispute that the killings in Mali weren’t religiously indiscriminate under any theory. The terrorists exempted those who could show they are observant Muslims.

Even before today, Hillary was vulnerable for saying that “Muslims. . .have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.” After today, she should be hammered for uttering such nonsense.