Monday, August 01, 2005

What's In A Name?

Andrew McCarthy today at NRO:

The W-word is apparently out. Wouldn't want to refer to a war as a "war"...

So, what to call it? Here's the current top candidate (you'll need to book some time to get through the whole thing): "The Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism."

Struggle? Fabulous! It'll be a real hit with the "Arab Street" we are so obsessed to impress with our pluperfect sensitivity. Memo to marketing: A common Arabic translation of the word "struggle" is JIHAD!

...Perfect: A war that's not called a war for fear of making people think about war, which is waged against an enemy who is not identified for fear of offending mass-murderers and the people who coddle them, and which occurs everywhere on the planet so no one is left out, but nowhere specific so no one is put in.

Read the whole thing.

The jihadists understand us better than we understand ourselves. We're in a fight with an enemy that has vowed to fight to the death and we're still worried about chipping our nailpolish.

Michael Ledeen has more, from Iran:

One of my favorite reporters called late last week, saying he had learned that Coalition forces in Iraq had captured an Iranian vehicle entering Iraq with large quantities of shaped explosives, obviously headed for the terrorists. "So what?" was my reply. It happens most every day. But he was baffled. Why would the Iranians be supporting terrorist actions against Shiites? After all, didn't they want the Shiites to prevail in Iraq, so that there could be an Islamic republic there?
Or there's this, by James S. Robbins:

British police had surrounded the flat in Notting Hill where two of the suspects from the July 21 bombing had holed up. Negotiations had commenced, but promised to be short and sharp. Snipers took up positions and police demanded the suspects come out unclothed and with their hands up.

"I have rights!" Ramzi Mohammed wailed from inside.

Yes, they have rights. But it would behoove the ACLU and Amnesty International to realize that they are already aware of these rights, and are are using them against us. They want our free society to implode, to turn us against each other, and to deny us the liberties that our predessors fought and all too often died to obtain and protect. And all too many of us are already prepared to surrender, since this is all just a big "distraction."

Our enemies know us better than we know ourselves.

Crossposted to The Pacific Slope.


At 11:21 AM, Blogger j.m. said...

The Geneva conventions don't say anything about a "struggle." Hoo yeah! Go nuts!

(lest ye think me a monster... that's actually a line I heard on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't tell me!" program last Saturday)


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