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August 11, 2006

Naming the Enemy

In the aftermath of the foiled Muslim plot to kill hundreds of innocent people by blowing up passenger planes, the terrorist front group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is upset with President Bush for using the term "Islamic fascists."

Fearing that terms like this could cause us to become annoyed at the bloodthirsty savages who are trying to kill us, CAIR called on the President to show restraint. Needless to say, they didn't call on their fellow Muslims to restrain themselves from murdering whomever happens to be on the next airplane they manage to blow up in homage to their vicious god.

Yelped CAIR's Nihad Awad:

We believe this is an ill-advised term and we believe that it is counterproductive to associate Islam or Muslims with fascism.

Awad called upon Americans to be more like the British, who are so shamefully dhimmified that they will pretend atrocities have nothing to do with Islam even when everyone knows better.

But "Islamic fascists" doesn't miss by much, according to Edina Lekovic of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles:

It would have been far more accurate had he linked the situation to a segment of people rather than an entire faith, along the lines of, say, radical Muslim fascists.

If Bush has said "radical Muslim fascists," everyone could be assured that he has nothing against moderate Muslim fascists, who might be defined as Muslims who only want to maim infidels instead of blowing us to bits.

You might ask, What's in a name? Whatever you choose to call them, they are evil maniacs who will not stop trying to destroy us until we have destroyed them. But as Islamic history expert Daniel Pipes points out:

You cannot diagnose and treat a disease without first identifying and naming it. So, a strategist cannot defeat an enemy without first identifying it and naming it.

Pipes is certainly right. How could we have ever triumphed over the Nazis or the Imperial Japanese if we had been too timorous even to admit we were fighting them?

But I agree with CAIR too, to the extent that we're not at war with "Islamic fascists," any more than WWII had us at war with Nazi Redcoats. We're at war with Islam — or rather, Islam is at war with us. Failure to face this fact will not make it go away.

Posted by Van Helsing at August 11, 2006 2:22 PM


"We believe this is an ill-advised term and we believe that it is counterproductive to associate Islam or Muslims with fascism."

Ill-advised? Counterproductive? Only if you worry about the world figuring out what you (and what your organization represents) are really all about.

Posted by: Pam at August 11, 2006 3:06 PM

So far as I can see from reading the news, CAIR is a front group for Islamic Terrorism. In a sensible country its offices would be raided, its employees interrogated, and its officers arrested.

Of course at this point the same could be said with almost as much justice of the ACLU.

Posted by: C. S. P. Schofield at August 12, 2006 12:43 PM