CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 14, 2014 — The longer President Barack Obama is in office, the more confusing things get. Not so much because everything is more complex, but because the administration plays so many word games that are calculated to absolve the president of responsibility for anything.
For example, Adam Kredo of the “Washington Free Beacon” reports that the State Department tweeted a message that endorses a Canadian manual which says, “Terrorism is not jihad. Jihad is a noble concept in Islam.”
“Jihad” is a term we hear frequently these days, but what exactly is it if Muslims believe it to be a “noble concept?”
The word jihad means “struggle” in English. Most Muslims believe that “struggle” refers to individual inner conflicts in life that a person must endure to become a better and more complete person.
What many Muslims refuse to accept or purposely overlook is the other aspect of the “struggle,” which is that jihad is a global mission to establish Sharia law and, in its purest form, to rid Muslims of outside influences.
Andrew McCarthy points out that “according to the authoritative sharia manual ‘Reliance of the Traveller,’ which has been endorsed by scholars at al-Azhar University in Cairo (the seat of Sunni scholarship since the tenth century) and by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (the Muslim Brotherhood’s think-tank), ‘Jihad means to war against non-Muslims.’ As ‘Answering Islam’s’ Yoel Natan has recounted, jihad is referred to in 164 verses of the Koran, almost exclusively in terms of combat.”
We may not be at war with Islam, but it is certainly now, and forever will be, at war with us.
Both secretaries of state in the present administration, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, have been advocates of the Muslim Brotherhood under the president’s tutelage. That is not a good thing any way you look at it. Consider the new iteration for the Islamic State.
Until now, the Obama administration has avoided using the term “Islamic State” because it contains the word “Islam,” and the president defiantly says that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam.
The Obama Administration has been using the term “ISIL” when speaking about the Islamic State because ISIL includes Israel as part of the Levant.
Now there is a new word, “Da’ish.”
“Da’ish” is an acronym. “Da” is short for “al-Dawlat,” which means “state.” “I,” the abbreviation for “Islamiya” translates to “Islamic.” A second “I” represents “Iraq.” Finally, “Sham” is the “Levant.”
Same group, different name. But it just sounds better to Obama.
After six long years of listening to Obama parse words, the American people have, for the most part, tuned out. The little boy who cried wolf has gone far beyond his allotted misrepresentations.
In Obama’s world, there is no war on terrorism or Islam, but there is a war with words. For Obama, the presidency is just one massive game of “Scrabble” played with human tiles and his own private dictionary.
And the biggest challenge Obama faces on any given day is trying to get a “triple word score.”
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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