Sunday, December 24, 2006

Stephen Schwartz: Wahhabis or "Salafis"?

Stephen Schwartz writing in the Weekly Standard,
The Sunni terrorists in Iraq have worked even more linguistic magic on Western media, who have assigned them the title of "insurgents." But too much blood has been shed for Westerners to continue flattering Muslim extremists in this manner.

The Sunni murderers in Iraq are terrorists, not insurgents.

And they are Wahhabis, backed by Saudi Arabia, not pious "Salafis."

As George Orwell knew, the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their real names.
Also just finished Fouad Ajami's The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq . It hammered home for me that there was indeed a plan for Iraq after the war and we picked the wrong one: The State Dept and CIA's CPA instead of DoD's backing for Chalabi. Congress needs to read Ajami and call Bremer to some hearings.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"As George Orwell knew, the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their real names."

That's why I just called UUA President Bill Sinkford a hypocrite, and why I call certain intolerant and abusive "Humanist" U*Us anti-religious fundamentalist atheist bigots. . . Some would call this "speaking truth to power" but call it speaking truth to weakness, hypocrisy and moral cowardice. . .