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Why Not Identify the Enemy?

By Dr. Steve Carol
May 1, 2007
(posted on the Politico Mafioso blogspot)


On September 12th, Senator Russell Feingold (D-Wis) a contender for the 2008

 

presidential nomination called on President Bush to stop using the term

 

"Islamic fascism" as it harmed the war on terrorism. Specifically Feingold

 

stated: "I call on the president to immediately stop using the phrase

 

'Islamic fascism,' a label that doesn't make any sense, and certainly

 

doesn't help our effort to fight terrorism." That he told this to a

 

delegation of the Arab American Institute, may just be coincidental.

What is of greater concern is that a presidential contender seems not to

 

understand the definition of fascism and its modern variant, Islamofascism

 

(or Islamic fascism). This is not a recent term. It was introduced by French

 

writer Maxime Rodinson to describe the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79:

“A quick review of ideology is in order. Different ideologies should be part

 

of any history and government class in the United States. No other type of

 

ideology, (democracy, communism, or despotism) matches what our enemy stands

 

for as does the ideology of fascism. Islamofascism is the Islamic jihadist

 

ideology grafted onto the totalitarian dictatorial system of fascism where

 

the goals of Islam are more important than that of the individual. It seeks

 

to re-create a mythical past, glorification of war, violence, intimidation,

 

belligerency, superiority over non-believers, anti-Semitism and

 

anti-liberalism are all components of this ideology. An examination of

 

events before and after 9/11 show that the definition is both sound and

 

accurate. The pairing of the two words "Islamic" and "fascism" conveys a

 

precise message: the old fascism is back, but driven by a radical

 

fundamentalist creed of Islam. Who are the Islamofascists? They are the

 

practitioners of militant Islam. Militant Islam contains elements of

 

terrorism, religious fundamentalism, and the exploitation of social and

 

economic injustice. It has ideological fervor, it has global reach, it is

 

ambitious and it has staying power. They seek to re-create the Caliphate

 

that once existed from southern France, to the gates of Vienna, to the

 

plains of India, the steppes of Russia and western China - and then once

 

regaining that, beyond. Islamofascism is now a global threat because certain

 

Arab and Muslim governments have chosen to export it.”

Senator Feingold claims the term does not make any sense. Yes, that applies,

 

but not to the term "Islamofascism" but rather to the term he prefers:

 

"terror." We are not in a war against terror any more than the U.S. was in a

 

war against trenches in World War I, a war against blitzkrieg and kamikaze

 

in World War II and a war against blockade during the Cold War. Trench

 

warfare, blitzkrieg, kamikaze, blockade and terror are all tactics employed

 

in a war. Wars have identifiable enemies and ideologies. Fascism (and its

 

German variant Nazism) during World War II and communism during the Cold

 

War. The hostile ideology that currently seeks to destroy the American way

 

of life, our free and democratic system and values is Islamofascism.

President Bush, has finally used the term "Islamic fascism" to describe the

 

enemy ideology, albeit once. The PC crowd as well as apologists for the

 

Islamofascists, have sought to prevent the use of that term. Continued use

 

of the term "war on terror" clouds the issue, confuses many, and seriously

 

divides our nation. While Americans - Republicans and Democrats, liberals

 

and conservatives - continue to argue about whether or not we should or

 

shouldn't use the term "Islamofascism" and continue to deal with our

 

Islamofascist enemies with one hand tied behind our back under "Marquis of

 

Queensbury" rules - our enemies sharpen their figurative and literal swords

 

and plan new acts of terror against us. "[Islamic fascism] doesn't make

 

sense" intones Senator Feingold. On the contrary, both by definition and

 

deed it makes absolute sense. Rather than take the Senator's suggestion not

 

to use the term, Americans all, should increase their usage of it. As the

 

Chinese general and author, Sun Tzu, advised over 2000 years ago: "Know thy

 

enemy."



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