By William Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz
April 25, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Employing the twisted logic of not wishing to further stoke whatever additional enmity might exist in those already sworn to destroying the United States and West, the federal government has issued directives to stop the use of some of the most appropriate phrases and terms now being used to identify and describe the forces seeking to Islamize the Western world through force.
In order to accomplish that goal, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counter Terrorism Center have issued directives to impose a program of censorship rooted in moral equivalency.
According to documents obtained by the Associated Press, those responsible for this move base their decision upon a belief that terms such as jihadist cause otherwise normal and moderate Muslims to take up the sword of Allah and become mujahideen...strike that, since that word is now also verboten.
A DHS document quoted by AP states that using the now banned descriptors,"unintentionally" portray, "terrorists, who lack moral and religious legitimacy, as brave fighters, legitimate soldiers or spokesmen for ordinary Muslims..."
By what means these federal agencies came to such a conclusion is so far unclear, perhaps it might be appropriate for us to consult a source acknowledged to be rather knowledgeable about these matters, Ayman Al Zawahiri, bin-Laden's right hand man and chief theorist.
In a brief selection taken from the September 11, 2006 message by the al-Qaeda leader, he states:"...The target that the mujahideen should aim at are...our fighting should be jihad for the sake of Allah until religion is all for the sake of Allah...the jihad should strive to liberate Palestine in its entirety, and to liberate any land that was once Islamic from Adalusia [Spain] to Iraq...our Emir the shaykh, the mujahid, the lion of Islam Osama bin-Laden has assigned me to bring the good tidings to all Muslims and to my brothers, the mujahideen, wherever they are..." [source, as translated by MEMRI.org, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvlpY4MHdXg]
Rather that lending unintentional legitimacy - as claimed by these internal memorandums - to an enemy which employs terror and justifies its actions using Islamic theology, the use of jihad, mujahideen and other now apparently proscribed terms should be viewed as communication based upon a frank statement of fact.
The breathtaking mental gymnastics and level of moral equivalency required by whomever put these recommendations together is indicative of the crisis in clarity that confronts the West as it faces down barbarism.
In no previous war has the United States engaged is such absurd breast beating, self-doubt and equivocation, and to do so in the current conflict is suicidal and defeatist.
Why the use of even arguably questionable rhetoric might serve to further enrage those already intent on killing us is preposterous, as is the contention that peaceful Muslims will be driven to violence by our use of the very words that our enemy employs in its own public communication.
If the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies are really interested in preventing the legitimizing of our enemies they might consider immediately ceasing all dialogue with CAIR, ISNA and other terror friendly organizations with which they regularly meet and stop funding their da'wa projects.
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