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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Global Jihad vs. Framed

Oscar raised the very relevant issue of semantics.

When politicians speak, the meat isn't necessarily in what is said, but how it is said.

So often, terms like "jihadist" and "Islamist" are thrown around with great frequency.

But what do they mean? What is a "jihadist?" What is an "Islamist?"

When you hear those terms on the news, what mental picture do you develop?

As Oscar pointed out, words and meanings deserve serious consideration.

President Bush is constantly in a struggle, at least politically. He is dealing with his own struggle, his own "jihad."

Is President George W. Bush then a jihadist?

The world is more complicated than some of us would like to believe. I learned long ago that the world is far more than just "good guys" and "bad guys."

Whatever your struggle is, that's your jihad.

As far as Islamist goes- that term just seems silly to me. So if President Bush advocates intelligent design to be taught in schools, does that mean he is advocating a Christian state? Does that make him a Christianist?

It's tragically funny how we claim to be fighting theocratic forces abroad, while our government builds a theocracy right here at home.

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