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The Iraqi Paradox or What is an Islamist?

By David Rubin
6/13/2014, 7:06 AM

Several years ago, I was on a radio show in the United States, shortly after the release of my book "The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama" and I started to speak about the Islamic threat to the free world. At that moment, my nervous host jumped in and pointed out that I was speaking about "Radical Islam", not Islam itself. To this I politely corrected him, saying that I was indeed speaking about Islam itself, the core of which is radical.

Nonetheless, despite the philosophy of Jihad, or holy war against "unbelievers", which has become the central guiding light in Islamic practice today, commentators in the media are fearful of confronting the danger of this ideology that has clearly become the "religious" justification for terrorism. The fact is that elaborate games of semantic gymnastics are created to avoid criticizing the core doctrines of Islam.

For some years now, we have been hearing the term "Islamist" (as opposed to Islamic or Muslim) to describe the jihadists that are supposedly "the fringe" elements of Islam. The absurdity of the term should have been apparent in the recent reports that  Iran is sending its soldiers to "fight the Islamists" in Iraq. Wait a second - Aren't we always told that the Iranians are the world's biggest supporters of Jihad? So why aren't they called Islamists?

Oh, now I understand. It must be that the Iranian Shiite Muslims are the moderate core of Islam!!!

In all seriousness, false distinctions such as Islamic vs. Islamist will not change the facts. Most practicing Muslims believe in Jihad, even if not actively engaged in it or supporting it. The Shiite Muslim ayatollahs in Iran are not a moderate force fighting "Islamists". Indeed, Shiite Muslims who believe in and are active in Jihad are being sent to Iraq to fight against Sunni Muslims who believe in and are active in Jihad. Both are fighting to see who will get to lead the Islamic Tsunami against Israel and against the West. Other than the Kurds, who are the most pro-Western force in Iraq, there are no good guys there - just wild-eyed Jihadist Muslims - sworn to eliminate (in their words) first the Saturday people and then the Sunday people.

But at least for now they're fighting each other.