by: the Common Constitutionalist
The president says: “ISIL is not Islamic,” despite the fact that Islamic is in their name. “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple,” he adds.
Before I go any further, let me clarify Obama’s steadfast insistence on using the term ISIL instead of ISIS. ISIS is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, whereas ISIL is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Levant is said to encompass the countries of Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey and of course Israel.
So Obama uses ISIL as a veiled slap in the face to Israel, which he obviously has animus toward. Allen West explains that, “if you choose to refer to this group as ISIL, you have basically rewritten the map of the Middle East and fallen into the trap of not recognizing the existence of Israel and also Lebanon. If you use ISIL you are then validating the Islamic totalitarian and jihadist claim that the modern day Jewish State of Israel is an occupation state and does not exist in the eyes of Muslims.”
Obama and the left also contend by omission that Islamic terrorists, ISIS or not, are also not Islamic. We on the right argue that indeed there are such things as Islamic terrorists. In fact, as I’ve written before, it is the only “religion” in which people wantonly murder and enslave in its name.
We on the right think the president’s and left’s position to be utterly absurd. So instead of fighting it, why don’t we take the absurdity to a whole new level and use the left’s own arguments to do so.