‘Bannon is of the belief that, if Europe is to be saved, there is no way to avoid armed conflict. The power of Islam cannot be stopped by peaceful means’
By Clark Mindock
A Danish journalist claims President Donald Trump’s top adviser said that he believes Western civilisation is at war with the Islamic faith.
Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist who pushed the administration to implement a travel ban on seven predominantly-Muslim countries soon after Trump took office last month, is said to have made the remarks in May during a conversation at a private event with Flemming Rose, who had come to discuss the rising influence of Islam in Europe.
“Bannon is of the belief that, if Europe is to be saved, there is no way to avoid armed conflict. The power of Islam cannot be stopped by peaceful means. In short, Bannon told me in no uncertain terms that the West is at war with Islam,” Mr Rose, who was at the centre of controversy for his part in publishing cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed in 2005, wrote in the Huffington Post.
During the exchange, Mr Rose said that Mr Bannon expressed the belief that a violent war could have a cleansing effect and may be necessary to overcome the conflict between Western nations and terrorist organisations – like Isis and its supporters.