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One of the ways that people control a narrative is by defining the terms. The more the terms are favorable to their narrative, the more they get others to “dance to their tune”. Both Daesh and “conservatives” have been controlling the narrative to their respective audiences.
What’s this Daesh? It is the Arabic term for the group that calls itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL), or just the Islamic State (IS). Keith Ellison, a member of Congress from Minnesota and a Muslim, refuses to use these “Islamic” descriptions and uses Daesh instead. One, Daesh does not represent the Islam that Ellison and many others follow. Two, Daesh does not like this name which is somewhat of a pejorative in Arabic.
Look at this another way. Daesh represents Islam no more than the Coo Coo Clucks Clan represents Christianity. By the way, many letter writers say that all Muslims should speak out against Daesh; they forget that many Christians did not openly criticize the Coo Coo Clucks Clan.
Many Muslims are speaking out against Daesh. See the article about Rep. Keith Ellison and Andre Carson, the other Representative who is a Muslim speaking out against Daesh (see CQ Roll Call, 2015-11-17, also published in the Duluth News Tribune the next day). The article stated that Ellison and Carson shared the same religion as the terrorists; this is way off the mark. It is like saying those who call for punishment of gays share Christianity with those who believe “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
Also, by the time you read this, my friend M. Imran Hayee should have his own take on Daesh published in the Duluth News Tribune.
Why are “conservatives” the lackeys of Daesh? Because Daesh wants a war with “Christianity” and anybody else who doesn’t share their corrupted view of Islam. The “conservatives” think that the U.S. is the Calvary of the movies and will save the wagon train from the bandits or the Indians. As “Leader of the Free World” with the mightiest army in the world, the U.S. will crush anybody who is not for “freedom”.
But what is the reality of the effectiveness of the U.S. military against a “moral” force such as Daesh?
In 1775, a ragtag army took on a heavily trained army of a distant empire. It took some years, but with the help of another empire they forced that army to surrender. Then a much better trained U.S. Army took on lightly-armed groups of a widely-dispersed populace. In the next century, the U.S. military joined several other countries in defeating an opposing army in a long-drawn out struggle. That led to the same defeated army being reconstituted under a dictator far worse than the Kaiser of two decades earlier. Again the U.S. joined several other militaries to defeat this dictator and his army. Half-way around the world the U.S. military joined several other militaries to defeat an Imperial military.
Then with the confidence from that war the U.S. fought an army that tried to unite a country under its dictator rather than the dictator of the other half of the country. That other half did move to a democracy that is prospering compared to the invading half which has been living under a brutal line of paranoid dynastic dictators.
These military successes led to a confidence that has not been fulfilled since.
First, the U.S. thought it could fight a guerrilla army that knew the language and had willing and unwilling support from a large portion of the country. The U.S. could never be sure who was friend and who was foe. The U.S. had to leave for a variety of reasons. Ironically, that same country is now a trading partner. Even though the government is still run by “godless” Communists, it seems to have taken to heart the Christian dictum “forgive those who trespass against you.”
The U.S. did have success in defeating a “ferocious” army that was more bluster than power. It did leave the dictator in power, but the U.S. did accomplish the goal of getting the dictator’s army out of the country he invaded.
Next, the U.S. took on fighters in a strongly religious country that had a very corrupt government. The U.S. could never tell for sure who was friend or foe. That fight still goes on.
Then the U.S. took on the dictator with the “ferocious” army again and sent him into hiding. However, for a variety of reasons, the country became splintered into several factions and no local politician has made any serious attempt to unify the country. The U.S. tried supporting the government against its antagonists, but like the army of 1776, the antagonists are scattered throughout the populace.
Out of this chaos has come Daesh. Who does the U.S. have as allies in the region? A military dictatorship and the country that promotes Wahhabism, the unforgiving variety of Islam that created Daesh, an Islam that ignores “As Allah forgives you, forgive others.”
Now we have “conservatives” who are “liberal” with dropping bombs in the Middle East. Are they just playing into the hands of Daesh? These “Christians” want to keep out Muslims who are fleeing Daesh. They are afraid that terrorists might come in with the refugees. But by dropping more bombs and by refusing refugees, might we just reinforce Daesh’s claim that there is a Christian war against Islam?