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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Daniel Pipes: 'Terrorism' battle is really fight against Islamism

August 17 2004
In a striking admission, George W. Bush said the other day that that ''We actually misnamed the war on terror. It ought to be [called] the struggle against ideological extremists who do not believe in free societies and who happen to use terror as a weapon to try to shake the conscience of the free world.''

This important concession follows growing criticism of the misleading term ''war on terror'' (how can one fight a tactic?) and replaces it with the more accurate ''war on ideological extremists.'' With this change, the battle of ideas can begin.

But who exactly are those ideological extremists? The next step is for Bush to give them a name. ...

Rolling these comments into a single summary statement establishes how Bush -- and by extension the whole of the U.S. government -- sees the enemy: a false doctrine of Islamic purity inspires a totalitarian ideology of power and domination. The extremists who advocate this doctrine see the United States as the chief obstacle to achieving their goals. Ultimately, they hope to bring about a collapse of the United States as it now exists.

Only with such specificity can the civilized world start on the path to victory over this latest manifestation of barbarism. ... FR Reprint.

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