Friday, April 25, 2008

Words that work and words that don't...

The federal government is at it again. The powers that be in the "Extremist Messaging Branch" (what in hell is that?) of the National Counter-terrorism Center have released a memo circulating the halls titled "Words that Work and Words that Don't: A Guide for Counterterrorism Communication."

My first thought was "oh God here we go..."

Some excerpts:

"It's not what you say but what they hear" (perhaps we need to say "you f*cking radical piece of shit Islamo-fascist terrorist bastards can kiss my ass!!"--just a little louder?)

"Don't take the bait. We should offer only minimal, if any, response to their messages. When we respond loudly, we raise their prestige in the Muslim world." (0k, maybe we need to say "you f*cking radical piece of shit Islamo-fascist terrorist bastards can kiss my ass" but without the exclamation point)

"Never use the terms 'jihadist' or 'mujahedeen' in conversation to describe the terrorists. ... Calling our enemies 'jihadis' and their movement a global 'jihad' unintentionally legitimizes their actions." (Well that sucks, next time I have a conversation with a terrorist I guess I'll just have to make sure I remember that)

"Use the terms 'violent extremist' or 'terrorist.' Both are widely understood terms that define our enemies appropriately and simultaneously deny them any level of legitimacy." (ooooh violent extremist sounds so---so---dangerous!)

On the other hand, avoid ill-defined and offensive terminology: "We are communicating with, not confronting, our audiences. Don't insult or confuse them with pejorative terms such as 'Islamo-fascism,' which are considered offensive by many Muslims." (Oy vey)

"caution in using terms such as, 'jihadist,' 'Islamic terrorist,' 'Islamist,' and 'holy warrior' as grandiose descriptions." (Definition of islamic terrorist: A terrorist who commits terrorist acts in the name of Islam. How difficult is that to understand?)


If it looks like Islamo-fascism and smell likes jihad, well then that's what it is. You can call it what you like, but the truth is what it is.

Of course *sigh* this new lesson on how to speak correctly comes from the same government that insists we're going through a "slowdown" and not a recession.



  1. Yes, we are suppose to believe if we use different words everything will be magically wonderful. Those that want to kill us couldn't care less the words we use. They laugh at us either way.

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    Later: Sister from another mother...

  3. Anonymous5/31/2008

    I came across your blog while researching the document you comented on here. Words have a power, and words that the US government uses carry a lot of power. I am proud of these sort of steps they are taking, and commend them for choosing their words more carefully. Its examples like this that give me hope for the world. Expressions like islamic-facism and jihadist have a huge impact on the 1 billion people in the world who call themselves muslims, the vast majority of who do not support terrorism which has no bases in their religion. These words only help terrorists. What is happening in the world is not a clash of civilizations, and by changing our approach many lives will be saved on both sides in then end.