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I don't know who this "Dafydd" character who's guest-posting over at the Captain's Quarters is, but I know I don't like his explanation of why he won't use the term Islamofascist.
[...] creating a new word for Islamic terrorism changes how we perceive it, which affects how we fight it. This is especially true when the new word is actually a contraction of two other words, Islamic and fascism, into Islamofascism. The shortening restricts the ability to think critically about the alleged connection, short-circuiting rational thought and heading straight for the emotional centers.Nonsense. I don't use Islamofascism unthinkingly as though it were some tossed-off slur; I use it deliberately because it conveys exactly the notion these murderous Submitters have of a new global Caliphate. They do not draw any distinction between their religion and the world-state to which they aspire; therefore, Islamofascist pretty much covers it. They wish to put Sharia ---their law of militant domination of everyone from women to the dhimmis in their midst--- at the pinnacle of all human government. It is a legal and ideological system of spiritual repression, political illiberality, and genocidal xenophobia. Sounds like certain other fascist systems I've heard of.
And make no mistake: Arab nationalism and Ba'athism and even the oil kingdoms of the Arabian Peninsula are all believers in the socialist state. The state is everything with these vast tribes ---and when that is so, fascism is a natural posture. If Osama bin Laden hates the current Saudi regime in Arabia, it's only because he would prefer to see his own regime there. Osama ---just like the Madrird train-bombers--- does, indeed, wish to see a new Caliphate. Thus, Dafydd is particularly wrong when he says (emphases in the original):
Most of the militant Islamist groups around today simply have no economic ideas, plans, or principles. Yet the distinguishing characteristic of fascism -- what differentiates it from garden-variety socialism, racism, and antisemitism -- is intensely economic: fascism is totalitarianism that operates through corporatism.So what? There's more aspects to fascism than economics or an actual affinity with Mussolini or Hitler. There's also the hatred of pluralism and the psychotic adherence to orthodoxy and even the far-reaching control over the aesthetics of cultural being. Is there any more precise a term than Islamofascist to apply to a government like the Taliban? No. It captures what they are perfectly.
Let's not presume to question why we non-dhimmis choose to use that term. I say it because I mean it.