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FoxNews: Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as ‘Legitimate Tenet of Islam’



“The president’s top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used to describe America’s enemies.

During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of “political, economic and social forces,” but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in “religious terms.”

He repeated the administration argument that the enemy is not “terrorism,” because terrorism is a “tactic,” and not terror, because terror is a “state of mind” — though Brennan’s title, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, includes the word “terrorism” in it. But then Brennan said that the word “jihad” should not be applied either.

“Nor do we describe our enemy as ‘jihadists’ or ‘Islamists’ because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children,” Brennan said.”

Nice parsing there, but for the fact that another tenet is that there is no such thing as an “innocent” apostate or Christian or Jew.  When Saudi-funded schoolbooks in Arabic teach children that all religions are legitimate, when they teach tolerance and peace with the “infidel” – then he can apply such reasoning.  Not before.  Mendacious fools like Brennan will continue to be targets of the very people for whom he apologizes. Perhaps he has an alternative reference for the violence of Islamicists?  Bin Laden himself called it “jihad.”  I rather think Osama knew of what he spoke.

2 1/2 more long years.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/05/28 10:45

    I wouldn’t care nearly so much what he decided not to call it if he woudl commit to killing it before it kills us. Instead, we’re happily distracting ourselves with word games while the enemy sharpens his knives.

    • 2010/05/28 11:40

      Agreed! Quite literally sharpening knives. Why bother with tidy Western discretized concepts? Their all-encompassing totalitarian philosophy doesn’t. More, we got the term and it’s application from them – it wasn’t created in the cubicles of the New York Times. Someone recently quoted something along the lines of “the scientific name for an animal that neither parries attack nor turns and fights is food.”

      Thanks for the thought.

  2. ccoffer permalink
    2010/05/28 23:45

    I honestly doubt we have anything to fear as a nation from backward, nutbag, zealots from the so called Middle-East. One in 300 Americans is a Mooslim. If every single one were a devoted jihadi, that’s a pretty small base. Thing is, most Muslims are just like most Christians and certainly most Jews. They are culturally tied to their religion, but not living and dying by the instructions and strictures of the respective faiths.

    Our potential peril lies in the hearts of too many Americans who seek to justify any hatred of America from any and all quarters. Our tormentor is the left. We, however, let them get away with it.

    The enemy is us.

    • 2010/05/30 03:56

      This may be so, Chuck. The issue for “infidels” is what to do about the very well funded traditionalists who do hold by the old attitudes. Between violence, eschatological proclamations and nuke acquisition lies an intent that must not be ignored. You don’t think Achmadi-Nejad wants to nuke NYC?

      The issue for American Muslims is to claim legitimacy as reformed, protestant, modern keepers of the faith and to do so in such a way as to challenge the legitimacy of the old guard. It was the rabbinic movement that reformed the Jewish faith two millennia ago; likewise the Protestant Reformation constructively improved the Roman Catholic Church. There’s nothing external keeping Muslims from seizing intellectual and moral power within their faith and leaping into the 21st century. Until they do, however, the old-guard’s power lust is an existential threat to every one on of their perceived “enemies.”

      Yeah, I hear you about the left – it too is an authoritarian ideology.

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