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Islamic Supremacists: That's the Term

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Submitted by Joe (United States), Aug 14, 2006 at 13:25

Pipes is right to persist in attempting to identify the correct term. I agree with him that 'fascists' lacks specificity, but for different reasons. Lack of knowledge of basic world history is a mainstream condition with the youth of the west, and the term 'fascist' has no resonance with them, as it has in the past. And the term must have resonance if it is to be effective in mobilizing the masses for the next phase of this war. The left also muddies up the term to attack the U.S., so that's another problem. In any messaging war, you have to 'own' the word.

I prefer "Islamic supremacist", because it sums up the stated mission of the Islamists. It is a vision of irrational superstitious dominance, and the submission of others to their vision. Part of it is classical 'imperialism' in the case of Iran. Part of it is a classic religio-fascist movement from below, as with the secular religion of Marxism-Leninism. The supremacist thinking is an extreme form of moral elitism that says that we need to be conquered because we do not conform to their code. That's why they are at war not just in the west, but in Kashmir, the Phillipines, and other 'non-white' battlefields in which the 'Crusaders' are not present.

With the term "Islamic supremacist" we can also drive a wedge into Islam and give the 'moderates', the non-conquering types, a message to carry in their own group. No one except them thinks the imposition of religion and behavior on others at the point of gun is a forward thinking idea. Those who practice these behaviors in the west need to be decertified as a religion and clearly classified a political group. That's the problem with Bush's term..........It doesn't describe the essence of their game, which is supremacist and elitist at it's core.


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