Next, our counterterror adviser evokes the perverse logic behind the administrationâ€™s recent decision to censor words offensive to Muslims (which I closely explored in this PJM article):
Nor do we describe our enemy as â€œjihadistsâ€ or â€œIslamistsâ€ because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or oneâ€™s community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children.
Inasmuch as he is correct in the first clause of that sentence â€” â€œjihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or oneâ€™s communityâ€ â€” he greatly errs in the latter clause, by projecting his own notions of what constitutes â€œholy,â€ â€œlegitimate,â€ and â€œinnocentâ€ onto Islam. In Islam, such terms are often antithetical to the Judeo-Christian/Western understanding. Indeed, the institution of jihad, according to every authoritative Muslim book on Islamic jurisprudence, is nothing less than offensive warfare to spread Sharia law, a cause seen as both â€œlegitimateâ€ and â€œholyâ€ in Islam. As for â€œinnocence,â€ by simply being a non-Muslim infidel, one is already guilty in Islam. Brennan understands the definition of jihad; he just has no clue of its application. So he is left fumbling about with a square peg that simply refuses to pass through a round hole.
This isn’t really blindness, per se. It is the typical arrogance of the American leftist, the deep believer in the state, because he runs the state, and therefore he must know more than you do. Or more than some scruffy Islamist terrorist murderer, and more than the hundred, or thousand “moderate” Muslims who silently support each one of those murderers.
“I will slaughter you because God demands that I do so,” says the terrorist to the American leftist.
“Tut, tut, my good man,” replies the American leftist. “You simply don’t understand your own motivations. It is not God who tells you to do this, (because God doesn’t exist, he whispers in an aside) but it is your own oppression at our evil hands that drives you to these extremes. This must be true, because I am telling you it is, and I am an American leftist. By definition I know more about you than you do.”
I know I am supposed to feel sad when one of these boobs gets his or her head sawed off, but I don’t. I feel rage at the perpetrators for the general assault on America inherent in such acts, but I don’t find the rusty decapitation of leftist idiots much of a loss, frankly.