A Member’s Post: Jihad


“Holder’s avoidance of the obvious continues the absurd and embarrassing refusal of the Obama administration to acknowledge who out there is trying to kill Americans and why.  In fact, it has banned from its official vocabulary the terms jihadist, Islamist, and Islamic terrorism. Instead, Obama’s National Security Strategy insists on calling the enemy  – “a loose network of violent extremists.” But this is utterly meaningless. These are people professing a powerful ideology rooted in a radical interpretation on Islam , in whose name they propagandize, proselytize, terrorize and kill.
Why is this important ? Because the first rule of war is to know your enemy.  Islamist fundamentalism is the common denominator linking all the great terror attacks  of this century – from 9/11 to Mumbai, from Fort Hood to Times Square, from London to Madrid to Bali.  The one thing that united them was the jihadist vision in whose name they acted There is a final reason why the administration’s cowardice about identifying those trying to kill us cannot be allowed to pass. It is demoralizing. It trivializes the war between jihadi barbarism and Western decency, and diminishes the memory of those who have died fighting it.”

(A note on the meaning of the term “jihadist.” From “Understanding Jihad”, by David Cook.”Warfare with spiritual significance ,” is the primary and root meaning of the term as it has been defined by classical Muslim jurists and legal scholars and as it was practiced by Muslims during the premodern period. This meaning is sustained in the standard definition given in the “Encyclopedia of Islam,” “In law, according to general doctrine and in historical tradition, the jihad consists of military action with the object of the expansion of Islam.” This terse summary of Muslim law and history is the standard, scholarly one. ”
The idea that jihad means spiritual exertion has never been the primary meaning. That is largely Muslim propaganda.)

Thanks Sue for sending us this article. Looking forward to hearing from you also. It is your Blog.


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