Thursday, May 26, 2005

Islamofascists Are Not Insurgents
Insurgents Rise Up Against An Oppresor
Islamofascists Stamp Down The Oppressed

From Melanie Phillips:

A great piece by Christopher Hitchens skewers the moral bankruptcy of the language used by the New York Times when it talks about the 'insurgency' in Iraq:

'I don't think the New York Times ever referred to those who devastated its hometown's downtown as "insurgents." But it does employ this title every day for the gang headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. With pedantic exactitude, and unless anyone should miss the point, this man has named his organization "al-Qaida in Mesopotamia" and sought (and apparently received) Osama Bin Laden's permission for the franchise...

'A letter from Zarqawi to Bin Laden more than a year ago, intercepted by Kurdish intelligence and since then well-authenticated, spoke of Shiism as a repulsive heresy and the ignition of a Sunni-Shiite civil war as the best and easiest way to thwart the Crusader-Zionist coalition. The actions since then have precisely followed the design, but the design has been forgotten by the journal of record....

'In my ears, "insurgent" is a bit like "rebel" or even "revolutionary." There's nothing axiomatically pejorative about it, and some passages of history have made it a term of honor. At a minimum, though, it must mean "rising up." These fascists and hirelings are not rising up, they are stamping back down.
It's time for respectable outlets to drop the word, to call things by their right names (Baathist or Bin Ladenist or jihadist would all do in this case), and to stop inventing mysteries where none exist.'

But of course, as Hitchens implies, the reason why the NYT does not call the terror in Iraq by its proper name is because it is not seen for what it is -- the regional fulcrum of the global jihad against free societies -- but is viewed instead through the distorting prism of opposition to the toppling of Saddam, that morally compromised position at the dark heart of the madness that has all but consumed public debate in the west.