Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Name of Our Enemy

Hat tip to the Drudge Report. The Telegraph has a story (here) in which Tom Leonard claims the BBC is editing out word "terrorist" out of stories involving the London transit system attacks. This is being done in accordance with the BBC guidelines for such things, says Leonard because, "the word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding" and its use should be "avoided." They recommend the use of the word "bomber."

I actually agree with the editors that agree the use of the word "terrorist" can be misleading and be a barrier to fully understanding the circumstances of the bombings. That is why I call the "perpetrators" Muslim terrorists, or Islamofascists, or Islamic Jihadis. I think that is much clearer, don't you?

To those who say that the terrorists do not represent Islam because Islam is a religion of peace, I note that the people detonating these bombs sure as hell ain't Presbyterians. They may not be "good" Muslims, but Muslims they are. In fact, arguments can be mustered that they represent the orthodox variety of Islam, not the mainstream.

This is not to suggest that the majority of Muslims in the West like, or support, the terror activity, but many do and it is best to name the enemy. Your chances of dealing effectively with "the bombers" are greatly enhanced if you do and we Canadians will not confuse our sworn enemy with a certain prairie Canadian football team.

3 Comments:

At 5:36 pm, July 13, 2005 , Anonymous c matt said...

If there are a billion Muslims, and 90% of them don't condone the terrorists, that still leaves 10,000,000 that do.

 
At 9:24 pm, July 13, 2005 , Blogger John the Mad said...

I agree. It is very depressing. I suspect that the number of Muslim jihadist sympathizers is well above 10% in most countries.

We ignore this threat at our great peril and we must all pull together.

Canada has about a thousand troop in the Kabul area is deploying a thousand troops to the Kandahar region of Afghanistan. Dicy area. Needs to be done.

 
At 9:25 pm, July 13, 2005 , Blogger John the Mad said...

I agree. It is very depressing. I suspect that the number of Muslim jihadist sympathizers is well above 10% in most countries.

We ignore this threat at our great peril and we must all pull together.

Canada has about a thousand troop in the Kabul area is deploying a thousand troops to the Kandahar region of Afghanistan. Dicy area. Needs to be done.

 

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