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How Uninformed US Politicians Help ISIS

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The GOP PC police have shown themselves willing to undermine America's fight against psychopathic monsters to score political points with the uninformed. Equating all of Islam with terrorism, insulting the religion & Muhammad, burning Korans, brings ...


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Edith B (146)
Tuesday August 11, 2015, 8:38 pm
That is frightening to read. We have too many ignorant people getting attention from the press, and very few intelligent people being quoted. We would not have Isis if we had not invaded Iraq.

Justin Vale (13)
Tuesday August 11, 2015, 9:18 pm
how can a hamas bedfellow like you call isis monsters? how? isis doesn't hide behind children like your bedfellows do.

Darren W (218)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 12:14 am
The Republicans have a real issue with grasping the fact that ISLAM doesn't equate to blanket terrorism. Where I live, there are tens of thousands of Muslims. If they were all fundamentalist nut jobs, I would be fearful for my family and life. I'm not.

ISIS was created out the shambles that Bush and Blair created by invading Iraq.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 4:49 am
Seems like ignorance is deeply rooted amongst the Teabaggers.

Marian Beth B (58)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 1:08 pm
The Teabagger/Rethug bunch simply wants to justify the war machine to pad their bank accounts. And that's all.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 1:48 pm

David C (108)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 2:28 pm

Mandi T (367)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 2:41 pm

Jen S (121)
Wednesday August 12, 2015, 4:31 pm
Ariana Huffington once described Bush as a man who wasn't able to handle complexity; apparently it is a trait shared by the entire right wing. God help us all, a government of spoiled toddlers. ( You have only to consider Mitch McConnell, John Boehner et. al.) Never let it be said that the average Republican wouldn't sell the country, reason, even simple common sense for a vote. Perhaps governing by overt extortion is too much effort now.

fly bird (26)
Friday August 14, 2015, 10:26 am
Noted, thanks, Carrie.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday August 14, 2015, 3:11 pm
I agree with Edith, in such dangerous times we seem to have the worse idiots in office.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 12:43 pm
'The goal is to decrease the appeal to Muslims of radical interpretations of Islam, not to reinforce the message of terror groups.
Equating all of Islam with terrorism, insulting the religion and Muhammad, burning Korans—each act of disrespect, particularly by politicians, brings smiles to ISIS leaders.
Yes, they are offended, but they know they have been given another gift—like the invasion of Iraq—that helps recruit more fighters.
“There has never been a group as adept at using our own words against us for propaganda purposes” as ISIS, says one former senior official with American intelligence. “Every time some person in authority insults their religion, they can inspire Muslims in tune with the radical message to start planning an attack.”

In fact, sloppy language to describe these terrorists—particularly the words Republican nincompoops are demanding Obama use—can reinforce the idea among nonviolent fundamentalists that joining the fight being waged by ISIS and other terrorists is a noble cause.
“Language and terminology matter,’’ says a 2013 report from the Qatar International Academy of Security Studies, a consulting organization used by governments and private industry. “It is import to refrain from using terms such as ‘radical’ or ‘jihad,’ as the words may traditionally have positive connotations.”

That is why Obama and George W. Bush carefully chose their words when discussing terrorism perpetrated by Muslims, avoiding statements that might be perceived as insults. "We are not at war with Islam,’’ Obama said in February at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. “We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

Bush said much the same. “This great nation of many religions understands, our war is not against Islam, or against faith practiced by the Muslim people,’’ he said in 2002. “Our war is a war against evil.”

This intelligent approach when speaking about terrorism is now more essential than ever. The media tactics of ISIS—whose top ranks include many former Baath Party members who were senior officials under the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein—have created an unprecedented need for linguistic care by American politicians. This organization has established an astonishing presence on social media, reaching millions with the argument that America and its allies are attacking Islam and only those who support them are true Muslim. “The media effort of the Islamic State is an integral and essential part of its operations, on a par with its military and administrative effort,” wrote Richard Barrett, a former British intelligence officer and head of the United Nations monitoring team concerning Al Qaeda and the Taliban, in a 2014 report for the Soufan Group, a security consulting firm. “In this respect it is greatly helped by the decentralized nature of social media (particularly Twitter), which has allowed each of its supporters effectively to create and operate his/her own ministry of information, echoing a standard party line as well as creating and spreading their own memes and messages. In effect, the Islamic State is crowdsourcing its propaganda. There is no precedent for this.’’

Thus, every time some politician—out of ignorance or cynicism—directly links Islam to terrorism or unknowingly ties radicalism to glory or jihad to martyrdom, ISIS and their ilk have more evidence to win converts. And unfortunately, a lot of the simpletons helping terrorists gain more supporters are candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, meaning much of their destructive blathering receives dissemination over national television.'

donna m (97)
Thursday October 8, 2015, 1:23 am

donna m (97)
Thursday October 8, 2015, 1:23 am
thanks for sharing

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