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Hiding from the Words

December 1, 2011

        if we can’t speak about our enemies, how can we defeat them?

Obama Administration Bans Knowledge of Islam

by Raymond Ibrahim
Hudson New York
November 30, 2011

The Obama administration’s censoring of photographs of the late Osama bin Laden, lest they offend Muslims, is one thing; but what about censoring words, especially those pivotal to U.S. security?

The Daily Caller reveals that “the Obama administration has been pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.”

The move comes after complaints from advocacy organizations including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and others identified as Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the 2004 Holy Land Foundation terror fundraising trial. In a Wednesday Los Angeles Times op-ed, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) president Salam al-Marayati threatened the FBI with a total cutoff of cooperation between American Muslims and law enforcement if the agency failed to revise its law enforcement training materials. Maintaining the training materials in their current state “will undermine the relationship between law enforcement and the Muslim American community,” al-Marayati wrote. Multiple online sources detail MPAC’s close alignment with CAIR. In his op-ed, Al-Marayati demanded that the Justice Department and the FBI “issue a clear and unequivocal apology to the Muslim American community” and “establish a thorough and transparent vetting process in selecting its trainers and materials.”

Accordingly, after discussing the matter with Attorney General Eric Holder, Dwight C. Holton said “I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated.”

Even before these Muslim complaints and threats, President Obama alluded to censoring words when he said soon after taking office: “Words matter … because one of the ways we’re going to win this struggle [“war on terror”] is through the battle of [Muslims’] hearts and minds” (followed by things like commissioning NASA to make Muslims “feel good” about themselves).

As if there were not already a lamentable lack of study concerning Muslim law war doctrine in the curriculum of American military studies—including in the Pentagon and U.S. Army War College—the administration’s more aggressive censorship program will only exacerbate matters. Last year’s Quarterly Defense Report [QDR], a strategic document, does not mention anything remotely related to Islam—even as it stresses climate change, which it sees as an “accelerant of instability and conflict” around the world.

This attempt to whitewash Islam goes back to a 2008 government memo that not only warned against “offending,” “insulting,” or being “confrontational” to Muslims, but tried to justify such censorship as follows:

Never use the terms “jihadist” or “mujahideen” in conversation to describe the terrorists. A mujahed, a holy warrior, is a positive characterization in the context of a just war. In Arabic, jihad means “striving in the path of God” and is used in many contexts beyond warfare. Calling our enemies jihadis and their movement a global jihad unintentionally legitimizes their actions [emphasis added].

Aside from the fact that the above definitions are highly misleading, the notion that the words we use can ever have an impact on what is and is not legitimate for Muslims is beyond incompetant: Muslims are not waiting around for Americans or their government—that is, the misguided, the deluded, in a word, the infidel—to define Islam for them. For Muslims, only Sharia law determines right and wrong: whatever falls inside Shra law is right; whatever falls outside Sharia law is wrong.

The U.S. government needs to worry less about which words appease Muslims and worry more about providing its intelligence community—not to mention its own citizenry—with accurate knowledge concerning the nature of the threat.

Without words related to Islam, how are analysts to make sense of the current conflict? What are the goals and motivations of the jihadists? What are their methods? Who might be “radicalizing” them? With whom are they affiliated? Who supports them? These and a host of other questions are unintelligible without free use of words related to Islam.

Knowledge is linked to language: the more precise the language, the more precise the knowledge. In the current conflict, to acquire accurate knowledge, which is essential to victory, we need to begin with accurate language.

This means U.S. intelligence analysts and policymakers need to be able to use, and fully appreciate the significance of, words related to Islam—starting with the word “Islam” itself: Submission—to a worldview based on Sharia law, a set of assumptions and imperatives thoroughly different from those in Western common law. Whatever falls inside Sharia law is right – including unequal justice under law; religious and gender inequality under law; criminalization of lifestyle choices as well as freedom of religion and speech – and whatever falls outside Sharia law is wrong.

It means the U.S. military needs to begin expounding and studying Islamic law and war doctrine—without fear of reprisal, such as when counter-terrorism strategist Stephen Coughlin was fired by the Pentagon for focusing on Islamic doctrine and therefore being politically incorrect. It means America’s leadership needs to take that ancient dictum—”Know thy enemy”—seriously.

Raymond Ibrahim, author of The Al Qaeda Reader, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Understanding It– The Moral Gulf

July 18, 2008

I have emphasized the huge moral gulf between the Islamo-fascists and Western civliization, whatever our flaws.  The celebrations over the return of mass murderer Sami Kuntar to the Hizbullah Islamofascists in Lebanon pointedly remind us of that.

The Boston Globe editorializes:

…There is something morally repulsive in the hero’s welcome given the most famous – or notorious – of the Lebanese prisoners released by Israel. Samir Kuntar had been sentenced to 542 years in prison for killing four people during a raid in 1979. Kuntar executed a father, Danny Haran, in front of his 4-year-old daughter. Then he killed the little girl by smashing her head against a rock with a rifle butt. This is the creature Nasrallah hailed as a resistance hero, the figure Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called a “huge hero who sacrificed 30 years of his life for the Palestinian issue,” the celebrity that Lebanon’s president and prime minister saluted as a liberated freedom fighter. All wars are inhumane. But not all warriors lose their humanity…

Understanding It- The Death Cult

July 7, 2007

Michael Hirsh, in Newsweek, challenges Muslims to ask how their religion has gone over to a ‘death cult’. So much so that even doctors are inspired to kill in the UK terror attacks. What other culture he asks (a respondent mentions Nazi Germany) has ever produced doctors willing to kill innocents in this fashion?

excerpts:

Hirsh: Exploring Islam’s ‘Death Cult’

Muslims must find a way to remove the cancer infecting their religion.

By Michael Hirsh

Newsweek

 

July 7, 2007 – It is the question at the back of many people’s minds as they absorb the frightening details of the terror plot in Britain. Yes, we understand that many Muslims are angry—about the Iraq War, about Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and the usual list of grievances. But there are many people, in many different societies and cultures, who are angry about many things. Would any other culture or religion produce a group of doctors and professionals who apparently deemed it morally correct to kill innocent people in large numbers? Has something gone wrong with Islam itself, or at least the culture it has produced?

To merely pose that question, of course, is to play with political dynamite. But it must be asked. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote that “a death cult” …“has taken root” in Islam, “feeding off it like a cancerous tumor.” The conservative commentator Cal Thomas also used a cancer metaphor in comments that provoked an outcry from the U.S. Muslim community in recent days. “How much longer should we allow people from certain lands, with certain beliefs to come to Britain and America and build their mosques, teach hate, and plot to kill us?” Thomas asked. (more…)

Understanding It– The Level of Depravity of “the insurgency”

November 15, 2006

Constant reminders of the vile nature of the Islamo-fascists is crucial to our ability to energize the West and face this problem. Dennis Prager writes about Iraq and a section on the insurgency and its uniquely horrible methods and motives rings true:

excerpts: …We have not won the war in Iraq because of something completely unforeseeable: widespread massacres of Iraqi civilians by other Iraqis and Muslims. We have never seen mass murder of fellow citizens in order to remove an outside occupier. No Japanese blew up Japanese temples in order to rid Japan of the American occupier. No Germans mass murdered German schoolchildren and teachers to rid Germany of the American, British, French and Soviet occupiers.

The level of cruelty and evil exhibited by those America is fighting in Iraq is new. Had Iraq followed any precedent in all the annals of resistance to occupation, America would likely have been victorious in Iraq. It may just be impossible, if one is morally bound not to kill large numbers of civilians, to fight those who target their own civilians and hide among them. …

Understanding It– Muslim on Muslim violence

October 22, 2006

As we continue in this (potentially) long conflict against Islamo-fascism, the West needs to be buffed up a bit about our moral superiority to the enemy. Little talked about and vitally important, is what Muslims do to other Muslims in war (and peace) and how Muslim rage (and propaganda) appears to be only directed at Jews and Christians, but never at the Muslim perpetrators of mass murder (against Muslims). Good piece on this in Maariv:

exerpts: Homemade Genocide in the Muslim World – Ben Dror Yemini

  • … The tragedy is that in Arab and Muslim countries a massacre is happening …It is a genocide of mainly Arabs and Muslims, by Arabs and Muslims.
  • In Algeria between the years 1954-1962, the French … killed nearly 600,000 Muslims. In addition, the civil war begun in the 1990s has claimed 100,000 victims so far.
  • In Sudan, a civil war during 1955-1972 claimed 500,000 victims. In recent years fighting there has claimed between 200,000 and 600,000 victims. In Afghanistan, the Soviet invasion, which began in 1979 and ended in 1989, left about a million dead. Since 1977 Somalia has been immersed in an unending civil war with the number of victims estimated at about 550,000.
  • When Bangladesh aspired to gain independence from Pakistan, Pakistan reacted with a military invasion during which one to two million people were systematically liquidated in 1971. In Indonesia, the biggest Muslim state in the world, as many as 400,000 were killed in 1965-1966 after a communist uprising. (more…)

Methods– Riot over Anything– On Religious Holidays, Wait Until After Dinner

September 28, 2006

Tammy Bruce reports that the Brussels Journal describes an evening of rioting in “Europe’s Capital”. Yes, there is a stated grievance. Yes, there is a typical response–violence –rioting. And yes, the action is minmized or barely reported on in the MSM.

Excerpts: The Brussels Journal

It looks as if immigrants youths want to turn nightly rioting during the … month of ramadan into an annual tradition. Around 8:30pm last night violence erupted again in Brussels, the capital of Europe. The riots centered on the Brussels Marollen quarter and the area near the Midi Train Station, where the international trains from London and Paris arrive. Youths threw stones at passing people and cars, windows of parked cars were smashed, bus shelters were demolished, cars were set ablaze, a youth club was arsoned and a shop was looted. Two molotov cocktails were thrown into St.Peter’s hospital, one of the main hospitals (more…)

Fighting It– Economic Approaches

September 27, 2006

Ilan Berman writes in the WSJ of some measures that the US and an “economic coalition of the willing” can enact on Iran that could pressure that regime to be less radical and delay nuclear development.  Again he addresses the concern that the UNSC is not going to do anything to stop Iran, not with Chirac, Russia, and China impeding US led efforts.

excerpts:

An Economic Coalition of the Willing – Ilan Berman
(Wall Street Journal, 26Sep06)

  • …Iran’s first vulnerability is its dependence on foreign investment. The regime in Tehran currently needs $1 billion a year to maintain current oil output levels, and $1.5 billion to increase them. Without it, Iran could quickly become a net energy importer. By complicating the flow of foreign investment into Iran, the U.S. and its allies can force the regime to draw down its hard-currency reserves, reducing the resources that it has available to forge ahead with its nuclear program – or to fund radicalism in the region.
  • Iran’s second weakness stems from its centralized economic hierarchy. The vast majority of the regime’s wealth remains concentrated in the hands of a very small number of people. The extended family of former Iranian president Rafsanjani, which practically controls copper mining, the lucrative pistachio trade, and a number of profitable industrial and export-import businesses, is just one example.
  • Far and away the biggest chink in Iran’s economic armor is its reliance on foreign gasoline. 40% of gasoline in Iran now comes from foreign sources. A comprehensive gas embargo could quickly wreak havoc on Iran’s industrial sectors.
  • Instead of relying on the UN, the White House should be thinking creatively about an economic “coalition of the willing” capable of implementing the specific financial levers that are most likely to alter Iranian behavior, and of doing so without further delay.The writer is vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Council.


Fighting It– Not Losing Our Will to Win

September 16, 2006

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch weighs in on the risks of losing our will to win. Reviewing history, he reminds us that General George Washington lost a bunch of battles, but won the war because he persisted.  He implies that the current bickering between Dems and Republicans is hurting our ability to persist in this monumental struggle with Islamo-fascism.  He reminds us that media and some prominent Democrats (Sen. Feingold, e.g) even refuse to acknowledge the ideology is ‘fascistic’.

excerpts:

The Islamic terrorists or as President Bush calls them — Islamic fascists — are continuing their ruthless bombing campaign in Iraq and Afghanistan. The casualty numbers are staggering. Nearly every day in Iraq alone, 50 or more civilians are found tortured and their mutilated bodies are dumped on city streets. The number of American military personnel killed in Iraq is 2,670 and 19,945 have been injured. In Afghanistan, 276 Americans have been killed and 930 injured. Iraqi civilian deaths are estimated to be between 41,000 and 46,000. Afghan civilian deaths are estimated at 3,485 with 6,200 injured.The effect on Americans at home has been devastating.

…I believe this war of civilizations, which was brought to our shores in 2001, is one of the most important wars we have ever fought. (more…)