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May 27, 2010

Obama's counterterror advisor John Brennan: "Jihad is a holy struggle"

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Allahundit points out that Fox is airing a truncated version of this video showcasing the part where Brennan says "jihad is a legitimate tenet of Islam," then says that this longer version is truer to Brennan's point. According to Allahpundit, there's actually nothing here you haven't heard before in other guises:

[...] The U.S. wants to limit Al Qaeda's recruiting pool to whatever extent possible so it emphasizes a distinction between "false Muslims" who blow things up and "real Muslims" who don't. In so doing, it has to reconcile two goals: (1) convincing impressionable young members of the ummah that we don't hate their faith and (2) addressing the fact that, according to the Koran, jihad is a legitimate tenet of Islam. The obvious rhetorical move? Arguing that"jiha"refers only to a peaceful internal spiritual struggle etc etc and that anyone who reads it a tad more aggressively not only doesn't know what he's talking about but is actually offending the faith. For the same reason, you sometimes hear Middle Eastern pols refer to terrorists as "takfiris" rather than "jihadis." The former is pejorative while the latter isn't.

[[...] the U.S. isn't about to ask a billion Muslims to renounce the Koran over the repulsive idea of holy war. The only thing that's somewhat unusual here is his use of the word "legitimate" to describe jihad. I think he means legitimate according to Muslims, not in the abstract sense, but this guy's enough of a pandering tool to make me wonder. Not only does he occasionally refer to Jerusalem by its Palestinian revanchist name "al-Quds," he's also the one who recently advocated reaching out to, er, "moderate elements" of Hezbollah. Imagine how surprised they'll be when they find out they've misunderstood what "jihad" means.


Via FOX News: Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam'

The president's top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a "legitimate tenet of Islam," arguing that the term "jihadists" should not be used to describe America's enemies.

During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of "political, economic and social forces," but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in "religious terms."

He repeated the administration argument that the enemy is not "terrorism," because terrorism is a "tactic," and not terror, because terror is a "state of mind" -- though Brennan's title, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, includes the word "terrorism" in it. But then Brennan said that the word "jihad" should not be applied either.

"Nor do we describe our enemy as 'jihadists' or 'Islamists' because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children," Brennan said.

"Legitimate Tenet of Islam"? It does indeed depends on what Brennan means by "legitimate."

As Allahpundit aptly suggests, Hezbollah and their ilk will be surprised when they find out they've misunderstood what "jihad" means. That's because, while the Obama administration and perhaps most Muslims may indeed believe "jihad" is first and foremost a spiritual struggle, followers of "radical Islam" (a term the Obama administration refuses to recognize) take "jihad" to be the central tenet of Islam and see it as primarily about fighting both defensively and offensively (to spread what they consider to be the just laws of Islam).

As Robert Spencer, scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law and the director of Jihad Watch points out in his piece "The Definition of "Jihad":

... the theology of offensive and defensive jihad is far older than the "extremists," and is in fact rooted in the Qur'an (2:193 and 9:29 and for offensive jihad) and Muhammad's statements, notably the one in which he directs his followers to offer non-Muslims conversion, subjugation, or war. Then there are the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, which all teach the necessity for offensive jihad in order to subjugate unbelievers under the rule of Sharia.
And as Spencer notes in a piece at Human Events, Islamic groups in America are doing exactly nothing to teach their people against the jihad doctrine of warfare against unbelievers and their subjugation under the rule of Islamic law, and nothing the Obama administration is doing will change this:
[...] The Islamic jihadists refer to Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and supremacism, and make recruits among peaceful Muslims. Whom does it benefit when government and law enforcement officials ignore that? Only the jihadists, whose motives and goals remain unknown, unexplored, and unchallenged.

Meanwhile, Obama has been reaching out to unsavory Islamic groups with ties to jihad terrorism. He sent Jarrett to give the keynote address at the Islamic Society of North America's convention, ignorant of or indifferent to the fact that this group was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation's Hamas-funding case.

[...] Islamic groups in America are doing exactly nothing to teach their people against the jihad doctrine of warfare against unbelievers and their subjugation under the rule of Islamic law. Surveys have shown that such material is taught in a large majority of mosques in America. Yet instead of calling Islamic groups in America to account, Obama is relaxing airport security and busying himself finding new ways to placate Muslims in the U.S., who are so skilled at playing the aggrieved victim card.

Jihad is a holy struggle? Indeed it is, as in a holy struggle to convert or kill all infidels, which the Obama administration simply hasn't caught on to and likely won't until many more Americans die at jihadists' hands.

As Americans continue to put their lives and freedom in the hands of the naive, incompetent, Islamo-apologists in the administration, how much longer will it be before Obama's Islamo-appeasement policies come back to bite him, and us along with him?

Posted by Richard at May 27, 2010 7:50 PM



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