Islam – What’s in a Name?

Does it really matter if an administration won’t call ISIS Islamic?

Does it really make a difference whether they call it terrorism, Islamic terrorism, or just extremism?

What’s in a name? Is it going cause our administration to somehow fight harder, or at all?

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We conservatives constantly rail against political populism and grandstanding. But isn’t that what this is? We’ve heard sayings like “We have to name it” and “We must recognize and put a name to evil.”

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Why? What’s in a name? I know I sound like one of those squishy establishment “no labels” weenies, and I frankly don’t care if I do.

But I ask again – what’s the big deal in calling ISIS Islamic? We could call them a tuna fish sandwich or a hippopotamus – what’s the difference?

My point is that everyone on the right is getting hung up on this “Islamic” label. We champion that Reagan called the Soviet Union the evil empire and Bush called out the new axis of evil.

Yeah, those made us all feel good and patriotic and want to chant “USA, USA” and all. I get that and I agree that those declarations can be an important national unifier, but beyond that, they’re just good theater.

Unless you are completely disengaged, everyone knows by now that ISIS is a different kind of evil. These guys aren’t Islamists like al-Qaeda or Hamas, or any of a dozen other Islamic groups. Those groups are lightweights compared to ISIS. They make the Nazis, the Japanese, and even the North Vietnamese look like drafters of the Geneva Convention.

Simply put, they are committed like none we’ve seen. They have a religious commitment that runs much deeper than any allegiance to duty, country, or some nut job dictator.

They will literally do anything their leaders demand of them, and I believe that, unlike blinded followers of some cult figure, these people (and I use that term loosely) have a purpose. They know why they are doing what they are asked to do.

“Reports Tuesday that the Islamic State burned to death 45 people in Iraq just days after posting a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians proves that ‘we’re witnessing atrocities that were reserved for the Dark Ages,’ Los Angeles author Johnnie Moore told Newsmax.”

I disagree with Johnnie, who is apparently still trying to hold on to the left’s moral relativism campaign. ISIS is beyond anything we’ve seen or heard of in the western world – past or present. I can say that because I know, as should you, that they will keep coming up with new and more barbaric ways of dispatching those unfortunate enough to be captured, or just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

So the question that should be asked is why they are ratcheting up the chaos and barbarism? They are doing so because they must create chaos – for only utter chaos will hasten the end times and usher in their second coming, as it were.

They really do believe this. Our problem is our administration. They either don’t know this or don’t believe, judging by their inane “They just need jobs” statement. As someone on radio said: they already have jobs – killing everyone else.

And the administration’s statement that we can’t just kill our way out of this situation is equally inane. 

Once you understand the ISIS commitment, you must conclude the only way to stop them is to kill them all. They will not stop – they will not surrender – they will not negotiate. They truly believe they are on a mission from Allah and no one will convince otherwise.

So regardless of what anyone chooses to call them, that’s who and what we’re up against. For now, an ocean safely separates us – or so we think and hope. But as they ramp up the atrocities, the chaotic violence will spill over into our nation. The more fear and chaos they can instill, the more panic they cause, the sooner their deliverer will come, so that they may rule the world for a thousand years.

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