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Thursday, August 10, 2006
Bush Ups Rhetorical Heat By Calling Enemies 'Islamic Fascists'
In a short address today on the London terrorist threat against U.S. bound airliners, President Bush referred to America's enemies as "Islamic fascists."
The political terminology of the War on Terror is a complicated web of terms and characterizations. "Islamic fascist" or "Islamofascist" is considered highly offensive by many mainstream Muslims.
The perjorative is often applied very broadly to adherents of political Islam, which in turn is a phrase arguably applicable to mainstream Muslims, since Islam contains an inherently political component.
If Bush meant to employ the term consistent with its most common usage -- and given his history with language, he may not have -- it could represents a substantial escalation of the administration's definition of its "enemies" in the Arab-Muslim world and beyond.
If unintentional, the usage is notably insensitive and likely to produce controversy in the days to come.
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