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Islamic Fascism

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Submitted by FX Meaney (United States), Aug 14, 2006 at 13:52

I find the suggestion that it is better to use "radical Islamic fascism" interesting. That still leaves open the question what "Islamic fascism" is apart from "radical Islamic fascism." Since those we are seeking to describe promote a totalitarian religious state, the nation of Islam, to which all will be subject according to its oppresive rules, fascism does seem a rather accurate term. "Radical" suggests, to me anyway, a small, breakaway, offshoot group from some mainstream belief, when, in fact, Islamic fascists are drawing their inspiration from the core of the Koran. "Islamist" is not self-defining: if it means someone who wants to impose a religious totalitarianism, Islam, on the world as urged by the Prophet and laid out in the Koran as a duty to be accomplished by all means necessry, including violence (as it has been for centuries), then it seems to me you're back to Islamic fascism. "Islamic literalists" or "Koranic literalists," I suppose is what they are, but those terms do not on their face impart the totalitarian nature of their goal: world unity under Islamic religion and law.

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