Don’t say ‘Islamic terrorism’ in front of the EU!

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The European Commission has found it fit to save us from a lexiconic hell of our own making. The EU, after surely shedding blood, sweat and tears in an arduous working group in Brussels, has decided that the term “Islamic terrorism” is bad, instead opting for “non-emotive lexicon for discussing radicalisation.” From now on, it’s “terrorists who abusively invoke Islam.” Rumor has it that runners-up included “gravely misunderstood and seriously agitated blokes who like bombs,” “grumpy chaps with a fondness for box cutters,” “volatile people who just happen to hang out at mosques” and “those we do not speak of.” Clearly, I’m a sarcastic columnist who abusively invokes freedom of speech. “The aim of the guidelines is to avoid the use of words that could unnecessarily offend Muslims and spark radicalisation,” noted the EU Observer. Thank God. I knew there was some reason al-Qaida wanted to bomb men, women and children and lop off heads for the rolling cameras. Our language was offensive! The EU – er, bureaucrats who abusively invoke the notion of a free society – is also reviewing the word “jihad.” EU officials said, “Jihad means something for you and me, it means something else for a Muslim. Jihad is a perfectly positive concept of trying to fight evil within yourself.” The World Islamic Front’s 1998 statement “Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders” might not have been a positive concept of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri trying to fight evil within themselves. “We – with Allah’s help – call on every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes to be rewarded to comply with Allah’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan’s U.S. troops and the devil’s supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.” That sounds pretty darn negative. Perhaps some time in an EU working group will help them sort out their feelings with some nonemotive lexicon. But you say al-Qaeda, I say al-Qaida – Turkish online newspaper Zaman saw the EU decision in a more glowing light: “Instead of expressions like ‘Islamic terrorism’ and ‘Islamofascist,’ a phrase the United States insistently uses, Brussels is trying to develop new concepts that will not cause offense to Muslims. “For nearly two years, the EU and member countries authorities have been conducting secret talks about how to solve the religion origin terror problem. Contrary to the US, the authorities think the issue is Europe’s and therefore it must be handled as a domestic issue.” Zaman also notes that it was the publication of Muhammad cartoons in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and ensuing widespread religious violence that kicked the EU into gear on the issue of clarifying through nonemotive lexicon that it is never religion that makes people act violently. Understand? “Israeli measures also risk radicalising the hitherto relatively quiescent Palestinian population of East Jerusalem,” a report to EU ministers stated last November. So this clarifies the rules: Not only can you not say anything out of risk of turning people into terrorists, but you can’t do anything either. It’s a really fine line, you know. Drawn for us by the Brussels bootlickers who abusively invoke just about anything not related to Islamic terrorism. Because, of course, it’s all hurt feelings from insensitive lexicon that makes a guy sit muttering in a courtroom that he’d like more 9-11s, or drives a guy to shoot, nearly behead and stab a note with Quranic verse to the chest of a Dutch filmmaker. They probably got picked last for dodgeball back in third grade, too. “The basic idea behind it is to avoid the use of improper words that would cause frustration among Muslims and increase the risk of radicalisation,” the Daily Telegraph quoted an EU official. Yeah, frustration is the worst. Remember the last time you were so frustrated that you strapped a bomb across your torso and walked onto a crowded bus? So perhaps peaceful Muslims should be offended that the EU thinks uttering the phrase “Islamic terrorism” will suddenly make them go postal. The sensitive EU dictionary is due in June. I wish I could say I’ll be in on that working group, but I’m just a columnist who has abusively mocked the EU. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at [email protected]last_img