Skip to comments.Calling Islam “Islam”
Posted on 04/23/2013 5:05:37 AM PDT by SJackson
I wrote this a few years ago, and I think its worth posting again, particularly after the latest jihadist attack in Boston. I noticed, after the attack this week, that a number of people are using more proper terminology to identify this enemy, which is very important in taking on the enemy. I recall watching panel discussions after 9/11, with each panelist using a different term to describe the enemy we face. That annoyed the hell out of me as I think its incredibly important to identify the proper terms when speaking about our enemy, and to NEVER create terms, for whatever reason. To me, the only difference between Islamism and Islam is three letters. Below I try my best to make the case why we should always call Islam Islam.
Western intellectuals and commentators refer to the enemys ideology as:
Islamic Fundamentalism, Islamic Extremism, Totalitarian Islam, Islamofascism, Political Islam, Militant Islam, Bin Ladenism, Islamonazism, Radical Islam, Islamism, etc .
The enemy calls it Islam.
Imagine, if during past wars, we used terms such as Radical Nazism, Extremist Shinto and Militant Communism. The implication would be that there are good versions of those ideologies, which would then lead some to seek out moderate Nazis. Those who use terms other than Islam create the impression that its some variant of Islam thats behind the enemy that were facing. A term such as Militant Islam is redundant, but our politicians continue praising Islam as if it were their own religion. Bush told us Islam is peace after 2,996 Americans were murdered in its name. He maintained that illusion throughout his two terms, and never allowed our soldiers to defeat the enemy. And now we have Obama, who tells us, from Egypt:
I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
If only he felt that way about America. Washingtons defense of Islam has trumped the defense of America and this dereliction of duty could well be called Islamgate.
Islam is a political religion; the idea of a separation of Mosque and State is unheard of in the Muslim world. Islam has a doctrine of warfare, Jihad, which is fought in order to establish Islamic (Sharia) Law, which is, by nature, totalitarian. Sharia Law calls for, among other things: the dehumanization of women; the flogging/stoning/killing of adulterers; and the killing of homosexuals, apostates and critics of Islam. All of this is part of orthodox Islam, not some extremist form of it. If jihadists were actually perverting a great religion, Muslims would have been able to discredit them on Islamic grounds and they would have done so by now. The reason they cant is because jihadists are acting according to the words of Allah, the Muslim God. From the Koran:
Slay the idolators wherever you find them Chapter 9, verse 5
When you encounter the unbelievers, strike off their heads until you have made a great slaughter among them . Ch. 47:4
Beyond the doctrine, there is the historical figure of Mohammad, who, more than anyone, defines Islam. How would you judge a man who lies, cheats, steals, rapes and murders as a way of life? This evil man is Islams ideal man, Mohammad. Whatever he said and did is deemed moral by virtue of the fact that he said it and did it. Its no accident that the only morality that could sanction his behavior was his own. Nor is it an accident that Muslims who model themselves after him are the most violent.
For the 13 years that Mohammad failed to spread Islam by non-violent means, he was not so much peaceful as he was powerless. It was only through criminal activity and with the help of a large gang of followers that he managed to gain power. But he wanted his moral pretense too, so he changed Islam to reflect the fact that the only way it could survive was through force. And so, acting on Allahs conveniently timed revelation that Islam can and should be spread by the sword, Mohammad led an army of Muslims across Arabia in the first jihad. From then on, violence became Islams way in the world. And today, acting on Mohammads words, War is deceit in the sense that Muslims use earlier peaceful verses from the Koran as a weapon against the ignorance and good will of their victims. Those peaceful passages in the Koran were abrogated by later passages calling for eternal war against those who do not submit to Islam. How Mohammad spread Islam influenced the content of its doctrine and therefore tells us exactly what Islam means.
Note also that the only reason were talking about Islam is because weve been forced to by its jihad. And where are Islams conscientious objectors? Nowhere to be found, for even lax Muslims have been silent against jihad. But that doesnt stop desperate Westerners from pointing to them as representives of Moderate Islam.
Far from being a personal faith, Islam is a collectivist ideology that rejects a live-and-let-live attitude towards non-Muslims. And while the jihadists may not represent all Muslims, they do represent Islam. In the end, most Muslims have proven themselves to be mere sheep to their jihadist wolves, irrelevant as allies in this war. Recovering Muslims call the enemys ideology Islam, and they dismiss the idea of Moderate Islam as they would the idea of Moderate Evil. When, based on his actions, Mohammad would be described today as a Muslim Extremist, then non-violent Muslims should condemn their prophet and their religion, not those who point it out.
Islam is the enemys ideology and evading that fact only helps its agents get away with more murder than they would otherwise. Western politicians have sold us out, so its up to the rest of us to defend our way of life by understanding Islam and telling the truth about it in whatever way we can. If we cant even call Islam by its name, how the hell are we going to defend ourselves against its true believers? One could argue that wed be better off if the West would just choose one of the many terms currently used for the enemys ideology. For my part, I call the enemy what they are, Jihadists, and our response, The War on Jihad. But behind it all, its Islam that makes the enemy tick.
Despite my frustrations with the refusal of many to call Islam Islam, I know that those who speak out against Jihad put themselves in danger, and I respect their courage. But its important that we acknowledge Islams place in the threat we face and say so without equivocation. Not saying Islam helps Islam and hurts us. So lets begin calling the enemys ideology by its name. Lets start calling Islam Islam.
Excellent Post. Food for thought.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Actually, when we were at war with Germany, we did customarily refer to the enemy as Nazis when the enemy was the German people in Germany who enabled the Nazis and fought Hitler's war of conquest.
We did it so as not to offend the many people on our side, of German descent, and to focus on the evil party that had taken over Germany. We didn't want to offend any good Germans anywhere.
That was before the phrase "good German" took on its current meaning.
Good muslims would be no different.
I'm starting to wonder about good Americans too, specifically those who support the American government that now supports abortion, welfare moochers, foreign invaders, terror organizations abroad, obamacare...need I go on?
So what do we do when an ideology, not a nation/state, declares war on us? Lay back and take it like a compliant rape victim? Not me!
Perhaps some masterminds like Lindsey "I Know Everything About Terror Law" Graham comes up with a blend of the RICO Laws and the War Powers Act so that we can truly mobilize to bring down those who have declared was on us.
The effort will be worthwhile.
I hope you're in hiding!
At some point during the Cold War, I seem to recall the term: Militant Communism or something quite similar being used.
Now,this may have been during my liberal phase or something that hit me as strange as I was waking up and it may have been an experimental term being tried out by our domestic communists, but it is only a vague memory at this point.
Anyone else recall this?
“When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace.”
Did he say this before or after the be-headings?
Anyway. I'll take my out-of-the-blue self-serving comment and slink away now.
To quote a line from “Risky Business”.....
“If you can’t say it, you can’t do it”
Is this approved in the AP stylebook?
This is like “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” in the Harry Potter Books. If you say the name, you take away the power. So call it Islam. It’s what it IS!
Thanks for the article.
Thanks to the low information voters in the past two national elections, we have the king of deceit in the white hut now.
I call them pig sh_t.