Gee – I wonder how 9/11 ever happened. Bill Gertz reports in the Washington Times that a military research team discovered the need for terms like “Islamist” and “Jihad”. You just can’t make things like this up. Bill Gertz reports here.
A U.S. military “Red Team” charged with challenging conventional thinking says that words like “jihad” and “Islamist” are needed in discussing 21st-century terrorism and that federal agencies that avoid the words soft-pedaled the link between religious extremism and violent acts.
“We must reject the notion that Islam and Arabic stand apart as bodies of knowledge that cannot be critiqued or discussed as elements of understanding our enemies in this conflict,” said the internal report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times.
The report, “Freedom of Speech in Jihad Analysis: Debunking the Myth of Offensive Words,” was written by unnamed civilian analysts and contractors for the U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for the Middle East and South Asia. It is thought to be the first official document to challenge those in the government who seek to downplay the role of Islam in inspiring some terrorist violence.
“The fact is our enemies cite the source of Islam as the foundation for their global jihad,” the report said. “We are left with the responsibility of portraying our enemies in an honest and accurate fashion.”
The report contributes to an ongoing debate within the U.S. government and military over the roots of terrorism, its relationship to Islam and how best to counter extremist ideology.
The military’s real problem is the Clinton generals in key positions at the Pentagon. Bill Gertz’s latest book “The Failure Factory” covers some of that ground. It’s simple – put a bunch of Clinton politically correct types in charge and our military can’t even admit to why people are trying to kill us.
Anyone who has worked for a large company or the government in the last decade realizes the career risk just taken by the soldiers promoting this idea. How many of us would take such a risk at our office? My hat is off to them and I offer them my prayers. These men and women who push papers just crossed the a PC Rubicon at the Pentagon. The lives of our children depend on their success.
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