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Islamic Fascism? Islamic Totalitarianism? "A Rose By Any Other Name....."

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Submitted by Mark Anderson (Canada), Aug 14, 2006 at 16:59

Whether we call it Islamic Fascism or Islamic Totalitarianism or whatever, the goals of the Islamic Fascists/Totalitarianists/Caliphate Re-Establishers/Terrorists or whatever we want to call them are still the same. There is no doubt that they ultimately seek to conquer the West and bring it under the control of a sharia based fundamentalist Islamic/Islamicist regime.

In Shakespeare's phrase, "a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet." To paraphrase the Bard, the Islamists' goals are still the same no matter what we choose to call the Islamists. Fascists? Totalitarianists? Who cares! Both words express the ultimate goal these people seek and the methods they will use, and have repeatedly proved themselves willing to use, to pursue that goal. Both of these words can also serve to rally those of us who oppose their stated goals.

Those of us unwilling to accept the forcible imposition of a sharia based fundamentalist Islamic/Islamicist regime should just agree on one of these terms, adopt it and get on with fighting this Islamic or Islamicist creed, whatever we choose to call it, instead of wasting effort and energy bickering over terminology.

G.K. Chesterton once said that every creed promises a Paradise which would be uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste. His comment certainly applies here. The Paradise promised us by these Islamic Fascists/Totalitarianists/Caliphate Re-Establishers/Terrorists, or whatever we want to call them, would be totally uninhabitable for anyone accustomed to Western Judeao-Christian civilization. Let's just accept that we need to spend our energy combatting this creed which seeks to conquer and subjugate us, and get on with the long and difficult , but seemingly unavoidable, battle ahead.

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