Obama bans terms Jihad, Islam

07/04/2010 13:04

US to alter security strategy document as part of outreach to Islam.

Oh, boy!  I don’t even know where to start with this one.

Let me see if I understand – if we don’t say the words “Radical Islam”, “Jihad”, “Fundamentalist”, “Terrorist”, they’ll like us better and stop hijacking planes, beheading Westerners, blowing up themselves and anyone near them, and in general, just be much nicer.

Seriously?  The government (read “The President”) has decided that the reason those nasty people don’t like us is because we’re mean, and call them bad names.  If we call them – wait, what are we supposed to call them? – something else, they’ll be less inclined to despise us and our way of life.  THAT makes perfect sense!

The last I heard, the radical Muslims don’t like us because, frankly, they disagree fundamentally with our morals, beliefs, and way of life.  They believe that they are right and that everyone must be Muslim, or die.  Pretty straightforward.

I am NOT saying, by any stretch of the imagination, that all Muslims believe this or act like this.  That’s simply not the case.  There are millions of Muslims who would like nothing better than to get along with their non-Muslim neighbors and be spared having to be tarred with the same brush as that applied to their more radical co-religionists.

Unfortunately, throughout most of the world, when one hears the word “terrorist”, what comes to mind is usually a Muslim intent on Jihad and the destruction of our way of life.

Personally, I don’t care if we call them “Quackadoodles”, “Frisaloos”,  “Mumbialettoes”, “Poopie Heads” or anything you like, but thinking that being nicer to them will get them to stop, or to like us better is worse than naive – it is simply dangerous.

When someone states their intent to wipe you off the face of the Earth, your response isn’t normally “Hi, I’m Barry, and I love you!  Let’s just give in to whatever you want”.  That simply makes you look weak, and negotiating from a position of weakness is never a great negotiating position to be in…..