The discomfort of perfectly precise words
It would have been useful if your frontpage article by Rowan Scarborough in the April 21 edition titled “McCain asked not to say ‘Islamic terrorist’ ” had included the information that the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is a group directly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and one of dozens named as an Unindicted Co-Conspirator in the 2007 HolyLand Foundation trial. So, when ISNA's spokesman requests that John McCain “rephrase his descriptions of the enemy,” Washington Times readers should understand that ISNA is the enemy — or at least part of it.
ISNA's parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, describes its role in North America in this way: “The Ikhwan (Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house. . . .” (Source: "An Exploratory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America," dated May 22, 1991, pg. 21, para 4. Entered into evidence uncontested in support of the U.S. case vs. the Holyland Foundation.)
Sen. McCain is correct to term the enemy, "Islamic." In fact, the enemy him- self uses the term repeatedly, in English, and on every occasion possible to describe the source of his inspiration. Unfortunately for those who quail at the linkage of Islam with the savage terrorism that Islamist jihadis deploy against us, the major sources of Islamic doctrine — the Koran, the hadiths, and the Sunna — all specifically support, even command, exactly what Osama bin Laden, alQaeda and others of their ilk have been doing to Western civilization. This is no "perverted strain of Islam" and it is certainly no mere violation of the U.S. criminal code: this is mainstream, doctrinal Islam.
Those many millions of Muslims who choose not to participate in or support, even tacitly, the acts of terrorism perpetrated by Islamic jihadis are the brave ones, the humanists, whose voices are threatened whenever they try to stand against the violence. They need our support but in the end, must effect change within their own faith, if it is to evolve and survive in the 21st century. Clare M. Lopez Vice President The Intelligence Summit Woodbridge, Virginia