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Updated State Dept. lexicon forbids use of words like "Islamo-facists" or "jihadist"

Original post made by Dr. Ferragamo, Stanford, on May 18, 2008

Americans may understand "jihad" to mean "holy war," it is in fact a broader Islamic concept of the struggle to do good, says the guidance prepared for diplomats and other officials tasked with explaining the war on terror to the public.

MSNBC coverage here:

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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 18, 2008 at 10:23 am

Another PR victory for the Islamofacists and the jihadists. This goes along with the intelligence agencies' report appeasing Iran's nuclear weapons development. We are our own worst enemies.


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Posted by Jane
a resident of Professorville
on May 18, 2008 at 1:42 pm


Juan Carlos Zarate, described as a senior US counterterrorism official by the Telegraph Web Link quoted as claiming "that the demise of al-Qa'eda is in sight because its failure to adapt its violent ideology and tactics has provoked growing dissent across the Islamic world."
This claim is not as outrageous -- even to those who believe ideologies are invincible -- as it might at first seem.
While Islam has maintained its general militancy and aggressiveness over the centuries, the lifespan of individual fanatical movements is distinctly shorter.
It is possible that the world has not seen the last of radical Islam; but it may be true that it has seen the last of Bin Laden's crew.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on May 20, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Yet another piece of de-Bushification. The guy's months away from being deinaugurated but his minions are jumping ship en masse. Condi must be reading the polls.


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