Former President George W. Bush did not mince words Wednesday when describing the recent actions of Islamic radicals as he addressed an audience at the University of Mary Hardin—Baylor.
“Evil is real,” Bush said during a question and answer session that followed prepared remarks, according to KTBC-TV.
“There is no light grey,” the former president added. “Murdering innocent people to move a political point of view has been, is and always will be evil.”
When asked about the Paris terror attacks, Bush said that the “nature of these enemies are the same of those who attacked us on our soil.”
The 43rd president added that there are “real dangers in an isolationists tendency” and said that the U.S. should avoid withdrawing entirely from the Middle East.
“And so when the pressure is off, they strike in order to frighten us who believe in freedom,” Bush told the audience of students and faculty.
The speech was part of the university’s lecture series. Cameras were not permitted during the question and answer session.
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