Thursday, April 20, 2006

The War On Islamic Imperialists

Jonathan Rauch at Reason has a really good article on how hard it is to name the enemy in the war we are in. He likes the War On Jihadism. But he has a bit in there I like better:

No single definition prevails, but here is a good one: Jihadism engages in or supports the use of force to expand the rule of Islamic law. In other words, it is violent Islamic imperialism. It stands, as one scholar put it 90 years ago, for "the extension by force of arms of the authority of the Muslim state."
So I have modified it slightly and called it the War On Islamic Imperialists. Well we will see if any of that catches on. There is more good stuff on the naming problem in this war in the article. Go and read.

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