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June 3, 2008

A Jihadist By Any Other Name....

... is still a terrorist. Robert Spencer posts a fascinating piece that deals with the idiocy of politically "correct" speech, the idiocy of the U. S. Department of State, and the madness of the modern world in which one is often afraid to call a spade a spade. What really seems to have spurred the piece was a recent New York Slimes op-ed titled "What Do You Call a Terror(Jihad)ist?," by P. W. Singer and Elina Noor on June 2, 2008. Robert wrote, "This New York Times op-ed defends the government's new PC guidelines forbidding use of the term 'jihadists' to describe the people who are waging war against the U.S. It does so artfully, but ultimately in a way that exposes the faulty assumptions of this entire initiative." You might say that Spencer is whimsically irked by the Singer and Noor and their defense of Orwell Speak. He goes on and on with great style, at one point noting this: Osama bin Laden did not whisper into the ear of Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), the pioneering historian and sociologist, the idea that “in the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.” In Islam, the person in charge of religious affairs is concerned with “power politics,” because Islam is “under obligation to gain power over other nations.” In other words, says Spencer, this crap didn't start with bin Laden. As I often ask my Liberal acquaintances who blame the U.S. for the events of 9/11, What did the United States do to piss off the Arab muslims so much that they felt compelled to invade and burn Constantinople in 673-678 A.D., hundreds of years before the first Crusade and centuries before George W. Bush was born? I love asking Liberals questions like that. It make their heads explode. Figuratively, of course. Robert Spencer will probably explode a few heads, too, with his article. Unlike the jihadists and terrorists, he will do it figuratively. FULL ARTICLE at Jihad Watch... RELATED: More Articles by Robert Spencer