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April 25, 2008

Bush Administration Targets Language In War On Terrorism


‘Jihadist’ booted from U.S. government lexicon



Don't call them jihadists any more.

And don't call al-Qaida a movement.

The Bush administration has launched a new front in the war on terrorism, this time targeting language.

Federal agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counter Terrorism Center, are telling their people not to describe Islamic extremists as "jihadists" or "mujahedeen," according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Lingo like "Islamo-fascism" is out, too.

The reason: Such words may actually boost support for radicals among Arab and Muslim audiences by giving them a veneer of religious credibility or by causing offense to moderates.

For example, while Americans may understand "jihad" to mean "holy war," it is in fact a broader Islamic concept of the struggle to do good, says the guidance prepared for diplomats and other officials tasked with explaining the war on terror to the public. Similarly, "mujahedeen," which means those engaged in jihad, must be seen in its broader context.

U.S. officials may be "unintentionally portraying terrorists, who lack moral and religious legitimacy, as brave fighters, legitimate soldiers or spokesmen for ordinary Muslims," says a Homeland Security report. It's entitled "Terminology to Define the Terrorists: Recommendations from American Muslims."

"Regarding 'jihad,' even if it is accurate to reference the term, it may not be strategic because it glamorizes terrorism, imbues terrorists with religious authority they do not have and damages relations with Muslims around the world," the report says.

'Official use only'

Language is critical in the war on terrorism, says another document, an internal "official use only" memorandum circulating through Washington entitled "Words that Work and Words that Don't: A Guide for Counterterrorism Communication."

The memo, originally prepared in March by the Extremist Messaging Branch at the National Counter Terrorism Center, was approved for diplomatic use this week by the State Department, which plans to distribute a version to all U.S. embassies, officials said.

"It's not what you say but what they hear," the memo says in bold italic lettering, listing 14 points about how to better present the war on terrorism.
"Don't take the bait," it says, urging officials not to react when Osama bin Laden or al-Qaida affiliates speak. "We should offer only minimal, if any, response to their messages. When we respond loudly, we raise their prestige in the Muslim world."
"Don't compromise our credibility" by using words and phrases that may ascribe benign motives to terrorists.

Some other specifics:

* "Never use the terms 'jihadist' or 'mujahedeen' in conversation to describe the terrorists. ... Calling our enemies 'jihadis' and their movement a global 'jihad' unintentionally legitimizes their actions."

* "Use the terms 'violent extremist' or 'terrorist.' Both are widely understood terms that define our enemies appropriately and simultaneously deny them any level of legitimacy."

* On the other hand, avoid ill-defined and offensive terminology: "We are communicating with, not confronting, our audiences. Don't insult or confuse them with pejorative terms such as 'Islamo-fascism,' which are considered offensive by many Muslims."

The memo says the advice is not binding and does not apply to official policy papers but should be used as a guide for conversations with Muslims and media.

Caution against 'grandiose descriptions'

At least at the top level, it appears to have made an impact. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who once frequently referred to "jihad" in her public remarks, does not appear to have used the word, except when talking about the name of a specific terrorist group, since last September.

The memo mirrors advice distributed to British and European Union diplomats last year to better explain the war on terrorism to Muslim communities there.

It also draws heavily on the Homeland Security report that examined the way American Muslims reacted to different phrases used by U.S. officials to describe terrorists and recommended ways to improve the message.

Because of religious connotations, that report, released in January and obtained by AP this week, counseled "caution in using terms such as, 'jihadist,' 'Islamic terrorist,' 'Islamist,' and 'holy warrior' as grandiose descriptions."
"We should not concede the terrorists' claim that they are legitimate adherents of Islam," the report said, adding that bin Laden and his adherents fear "irrelevance" more than anything else.
"We must carefully avoid giving bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders the legitimacy they crave, but do not possess, by characterizing them as religious figures, or in terms that may make them seem to be noble in the eyes of some," it said.

Wild Thing's comment..........

You just know I am not liking this.

My comment will be brought to you via the 1st Amendment, thank you ever so.

If not jihadists, how about bitter Muslims who cling to guns/swords and religion.

All of this political correctness is literally an open door to the deaths of more innocent Americans (civilian and military).

So what are we to call the Gaza Strip palis and Hamas, are we to rename them Obamamaniacs? Since they have stated they support B. Hussein Obama 08.

Until we get a President who will deal with that reality, we will not fight them as effectively as we should. And I will include in this our open borders.

Does this trump freedom of speech, ,maybe not among us but certainly among those that got the memo's sent out.

What a crock.

So the government says I can not call these MUSLIM SCUM BAG Islamic extremists “jihadists” or “mujahedeen,” err...what was that JIHADISTS OR MUJAHEDEEN.

If we can't call them what they are, then we might as we stop fighting with them. How about calling them "our future rulers"? That shouldn't offend them. What kind of war is this, where we are afraid of describing our enemy?

These jihadists must be laughing their a$$e$ off as they contemplate the simpering fecklessness of the politically correct infidel clowns whom they are bent on obliterating.

This largest jihad in world history is highly, wildly successful, and, it is in the later stages as published by the Muslim Brotherhoods masterplan discovered in Switzerland in 1991 and published for all that want to read it.

This foolishness, as the EU has also adopted for all its officials, will have no effect on the Muslim plan. While they fight among themselves as well, the plan goes on with steady progress. Sharia financial banking will bring Sharia law to the West thru financial institutions if nothing else. Already 30 percent of the London exchange, 20 per cent of the NASDAQ, and the presence of a Sharia law oriented Muslim advisory board for the Dow Index and the establishment of Islamic banks in Europe are advancing Sharia law rapidly. Of greater import is the decision to downplay the clear and present danger this jihad represents for the United States by refusing to identify it by the correct terminology to our own population.

At a house hearing on Darfur on C Span last night, the directive on the avoidance of jihad, Islamist, islamofascism was clear...all these were replaced by the term ‘bad actor or bad actors’ by Negroponte, Boxer, Mendez, etc.

Such neutering of correct descriptive terms will weaken our own ability to defend ourselves as it will at the same time have no effect on this jihad which is on every continent and growing.

It is preposterous that our State Dept., copycatting the EU which is becoming Sharia oriented more daily, has decided to call jihad ‘bad acting’.

Maybe the EU will now copycat the US state department. Will the US political parties attempt ‘one upsmanship’ and move further to readdress jihad as ‘childish historical behavior’?

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Posted by Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 04:55 AM


The corruption of language is the corruption of thought. Bush wouldn't know this, or care about it either. His heart is bigger than his brain, and both of them are too soft.

The suppression and conversion of language is also the first goal of totalitarianism.

Conservatives are all alone now. We have no one.
The Bush Administration, and what follows it, begins the long struggle of those who wish to be free from the complicit idiots who don't even recognize a problem in modern life.

Posted by: Rhod at April 25, 2008 05:35 AM

" Eine REICH, eine VOLK, eine FUHRER.... WE are not NAZIS, we are your EOT Equal Opportunity TOTALITARIANISM nation!!!"
" To the GULAGS with 40 million enemies of the state... ! We are not SOVIETS nor COMMIES nor RUSSKIES. We are your .... neighbors!
" TORA TORA TORA from the Land of the Rising Sun
... IMPERIALISTS!" No no no more 'JAPS' verbage!

Bush will not use the word ISLAMOFASCISTS nor ISLAMO TERRORISTS? But THEY say GREAT SATAN and DEVILS, eh?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at April 25, 2008 05:46 AM

So I can't strafe nor bomb "wacky islamo jihadi camel jockeys from 25,000 feet / FL 250? ...
Nor bomb during the five times they pray in their religion of peace? Nor dumping our crew latrine tanks over Mecca during Ramadan?" - OH THOSE WERE THE DAYS!

Posted by: drstrangeloveb52isok at April 25, 2008 06:14 AM

I'll call these bastards anything I want to. It's still a free country as far as I know.
But I don't call them Jihadists, I call them some very ugly words I won't mention here.
But I'd really like to call them "DEAD!"

Posted by: Lynn at April 25, 2008 08:14 AM

Bush didn't wait for November. He already turned over his administration and government to the thinking and philosophy of the white flag waving Defeatocrats. What a load of crap!

If it walks like an Islamofascist and jihadist terrorist, quotes the Koran like an Islamofascist and jihadist terrorist, tortures like an Islamofascist and jihadist terrorist, and kills innocent people like an Islamofascist and jihadist terrorist then it must be an ISLAMOFASCIST AND JIHADIST TERRORIST WHO IS A MUSLIM AND FRIENDS WITH ISLAMOFASCIST AND MUJAHEDEEN TERRORISTS WHO ARE ALSO MUSLIM.

If the Muslim community doesn't like to hear the truth then they can end their silence and support for the Islamofascist jihadist and mujahedeen terrorists and do something active to stop them. As the saying goes, "If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem". The Muslim community is part of the problem.

Posted by: Les at April 25, 2008 10:49 AM

"Extremist Messaging Branch at the National Counter Terrorism Center". Folks, do you think our government may be too large? A center devoted to approving the naming of our enemies. Just Dayum!! Under GW Bush the government has grown tremendously toward it's socialist/globalist goal.

Wish I could say what I want to briefly, but I can't. Rhod said it well and Lynn used the best word, "Dead".

If you are over 40, you have seen and enjoyed America at it's best. The 40's saw America come together and win world dominence. The 50's and 60's saw America enjoy tremendous growth and prosperity while maintaing a moral personality. In the 70's we became a drug culture, a growing socialized government, amoral behavior became normalized and we had very poor presidents. In the 80's we got a brief respite back to the 50's lifestyle with the leadership of Ronald Reagan. Since then it has been downhill. I had some optimism with our partial Gulf War victory but that optimism was short in duration. Now we have politically correct labeling of our mortal enemies.

Enjoy what you can. Pray for America. Buy guns and ammo.

Posted by: TomR at April 25, 2008 11:21 AM

We must be living in the end times. This is the first time that we have been is such a dire situation without a Leader.

God Help Us.

Posted by: Mark at April 25, 2008 11:59 AM

Since the religion of peace is all benevolence then it must be the acts of Kaffirs that tarnish their image. They are extending that moderate left hand Jorge, just kiss it.

Posted by: Jack at April 25, 2008 12:22 PM

Two small words for George Bush: "FUCK YOU"

Posted by: cuchieddie at April 25, 2008 03:44 PM

So, the Koran-thumping militant islamo-trash, rag-headed murderous bastard, woman hating, woman abusing, fascist, freedom slaying, camel dung eating freaks are to be treated to a kinder and gentler title? I'll just stick with "sand fleas." George ol' buddy, you disappoint me more and more.

Posted by: PeteSuj at April 25, 2008 05:50 PM

Concise and to the point, Eddie. A little Tropic Lightning.

Posted by: Rhod at April 25, 2008 06:25 PM

Rhod that gave me goosebumps. That is just what is happening.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 07:53 PM

Darth..."But THEY say GREAT SATAN and DEVILS, eh?
".....yes that is some double standard we have going on. sheesh

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 08:01 PM

drstrangeloveb52isok, BIG smile. I am so glad you did that back in the those were the days.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 08:02 PM

Lynn, me too, I am not going to let this kind of thing stop my freedom of speech. No way.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 08:03 PM

Les, that's for sure, Bush sure didn't wait. GRRRRR

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 08:04 PM

Tom that is an excellent break down of the years and it speaks volumes too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 08:06 PM

Mark, it feels like that I agree.

"This is the first time that we have been is such a dire situation without a Leader.".....

The worst situation possible.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 08:09 PM

Jack, yessss just kiss it Jorge.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 08:10 PM

Cuchieddie.....DITTO that my friend!

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 08:12 PM

PeteSuj, good one, that is some list.

Yes he sure has been disappointing. He has a chance to go out with a roar but it seems he wants to go out with a tea party and kisses for the enemy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 25, 2008 08:13 PM

" In 2000... they MISunderestimated me?" How many brain cells are destroyed by Jack Daniels and beer? - Al Z. Heimer 2008?

Posted by: 2bornot2b? at April 26, 2008 12:34 AM

2bornot2b? , haha

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 26, 2008 04:21 AM