CHARLOTTE, NC, February 1, 2015 – Wordsmithing stand-up comic George Carlin used to do a routine about the 7 forbidden words in broadcasting.
Under Barack Obama, that list of expressions has grown to include such terms as “militant Islam,” “Islamist” and “no-go zones” among others.
Even though countless analysts and commentators are having conniptions because Obama will not use the phrase “Islamic extremism,” the president is actually correct. Islam is by definition “extreme” therefore the world is, in fact, waging a war on Islam, not “Islamic extremism.”
Does that mean that all Muslims are terrorists? No. Most Muslims are not inclined to kill in the name of Allah. But that does not mean their religion does not extol its followers to kill, slaughter, maim and behead non-Muslims.
Are there Islamic fundamentalists? Yes, because organizations indulging in various terrorist activities in the name of Islam are, indeed, following the tenets of the religion as taught by the Prophet Muhammad. But that does not make them “extreme” other than the fact that in its purest context Islam itself is extreme.
Even most conservatives go out of their way to separate the terms “Islamic extremism” from “Islam.”
The argument over the use of the word “extremism” may seem minor to many, but the fact that many world leaders refuse to say it sends a message to terror groups wherever they may be that the West is not serious about challenging them.
It is beginning to look as though the solidarity march in Paris a few weeks ago featuring some 40 high level officials from around the world was nothing more than a symbolic gesture of condemnation. It looked good at the time, but it accomplished little. And so the beheadings continue in the Middle East and the verbal outrage from the West lands on deaf ears.
For a brief moment, it appeared that ISIS had finally crossed the moveable line that Barack Obama kept drawing in the Syrian sand. Alas, it turned out to be more Western whimpering and inaction.
Has anyone noticed that ISIS is suddenly making its mark everywhere in the world? Australia, France, Japan. The epidemic is growing and nobody seems to know where the next strike will be, except ISIS of course. But we will keep on symbolically marching and continue denouncing all while we refuse to wage a real war on Islam.
The popular non-phrase of the week is now “no-go zones.”
For some reason these areas throughout Europe have become controversial because nobody apparently wants to admit they exist.
What we forget is that “no-go zones” exist in practically every city in the United States. There are certainly places in every town of any size in America where no individual in his right mind would enter without a gun or a bullet-proof vest.
Let’s be honest, Mayberry, USA no longer exists.
If it is true in the United States, then why can it not be true in European countries where Muslim communities are increasing at alarming rates in the U.K., Germany, France, the Netherlands and Sweden to name a few?
If the laws of a host country do not apply to the citizens of certain areas of a city, and those areas are left to rule themselves under Sharia law, then that city has a problem.
Ignoring it, as President Obama deigns to do with his rhetoric, will not make those communities go away.
Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs says “There is abundant evidence that there really are no-go zones, despite all the denial.”
Conservative Canadian commentator Mark Steyn wrote about such areas as many as ten years ago in his book America Alone. Steyn argues that when communities are influenced by Islamization the process carries over to other immigrant sectors of a population and slows the assimilation process drastically. In essence it creates a sense of permanent alienation from the very countries in which immigrants are now living.
Steyn agrees with Pamela Geller in saying that “no amount of media spin can change those perceptions.”
In a post on his blog in mid-January Steyn wrote, “The louder the perpetuators yell, ‘Allahu Akbar’ and rejoice that the Prophet has been avenged the louder (Francois) Hollande (French president) and David Cameron (prime minister of Great Britain) and Barack Obama and John Kerry and other A-list infidels insist there’s no Islam to see here.”
World leaders and diplomats can condemn all they want, but such condemnation amounts to little more than bluster. Until the world is ready to admit that “no go zones” really do exist and stop Mickey Mousing around with terminology, George Carlin’s list will continue to grow, and heads will continue to roll in the Islamic State.
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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