The dis­com­fort of per­fectly pre­cise words

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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