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.
The technical, broadest definition of jihad is a "struggle" in the name of Islam and the term does not connote "holy war" for all Muslims. However, jihad frequently connotes images of military combat or warfare, and some of the world’s most wanted terrorists including Usama bin Laden commonly use the word to call for war against the West.Brennan defined the enemy as members of bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network and "its terrorist affiliates."
But Brennan argued that it would be "counterproductive" for the United States to use the term, as it would "play into the false perception" that the "murderers" leading war against the West are doing so in the name of a "holy cause."
"Moreover, describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie propagated by Al Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism — that the United States is somehow at war against Islam," he said.
The comment comes after Brennan, in a February speech in which he described his respect for the tolerance and devotion of Middle Eastern nations, referred to Jerusalem on first reference by its Arabic name, Al-Quds.
"In all my travels the city I have come to love most is al-Quds, Jerusalem, where three great faiths come together," Brennan said at an event co-sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Islamic Center at New York University and the Islamic Law Students Association at NYU.
Does this administration suffer from rectal skin being too tight on their eyes or are they Un-American?
I would say a bit of both. When a person has their head stuck up their ass, they tend to be blinded to the reality the rest of us live in. But add in a heavy dose of anti American sentiment in with the previous issue, and you get Obama and his cronies. We have seen their anti-American beliefs spring up over the last few years with episodes such as having the Mexican president not only lecture us all, but also call American citizens racist all while our leaders on the left applauded. But this last statement takes the cake.
The problem is, their anti-American rhetoric has become seriously dangerous to our well being. Having a foreign president mock us is one thing, to negate our enemies and justify their dangerous attitudes towards us, is another thing all together. We need to scream about this latest "enlightenment" the POTUS and his communist appointees have fed us. Call your rep, call your governor, hell send a letter to the enlightened one himself. But we better get real loud about this or our very life may be in danger!
Can you imagine state sanctioned Jihad in this country. Laugh all you want, but when our leaders OK jihad, as they just did, it will only be a matter of time before the Muslims are not only allowed, but encouraged, to proclaim jihad while in this country.