* Because that might make the ‘radicals’ wage jihad and Islamic terrorism…
*Â So, if we don’t talk about it, it might just go away….
* Mind-blowing stupidity and pandering left and right of the Atlantic:
Condoleeza Rice has approved a new lexicon for State Department usage, absolutely forbidding the use of the terms “jihad” and “jihadist” by any State Department official.
The argument, of course, is the old Streusand/Guirard claim that by using the word jihad, we’re validating the jihadist claim to be waging jihad. Of course, it’s ridiculous to think that the U.S. State Department carries any validating authority within the Islamic world to determine what is Islam and what isn’t. This would be the first time that unbelievers have set the meaning of Islamic theology for Muslims.
Also, the claim is that by using the word “jihad,” we are insulting the peaceful Muslims who are waging the daily jihad of the struggle against sin, the struggle against the dirty dishes, etc. And that’s great, if that’s what any Muslim actually believes is the sum and substance of jihad, but it is an understanding of jihad that is at odds with the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence. Will Muslims be insulted by a reference to other Muslims using the traditional primary meaning of jihad? Answer: probably. But that doesn’t negate the traditional status of that meaning, or the influence of that traditional view in the Islamic world.
*Â “America has no permanent enemies”
The PhD proves a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. She forgot the rest of the quote that she thought she was being clever by citing part of.
Nations have no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.
ISLAMABAD: British Foreign Minister David Miliband speaks during a joint press conference after a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi at Foreign Office.
* Â “There’s a sucker born every minute,” goes a popular proverb. In once Great Britain they seem to breed them even faster:
ISLAMABAD: UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has “strongly condemned anti Islam propaganda” being launched in Europe in the name of freedom of expression.
“We strongly denounce the anti Islam propaganda blitz being unleashed in Europe in the name of freedom of expression”, he said this while addressing a joint press conference here Monday in foreign office along with his Pakistani counter part foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Hypnotized or stuck on stoopid or both?
Ministers have adopted a new language for declarations on Islamic terrorism.
In future, fanatics will be referred to as pursuing “anti-Islamic activity”.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said that extremists were behaving contrary to their faith, rather than acting in the name of Islam.
Security officials believe that directly linking terrorism to Islam is inflammatory, and risks alienating mainstream Muslim opinion.