posted on Aug, 14 2006 @ 07:22 PM
Recently, very sincere people have urged that the term 'islamic fascism' not be used when discussing terrorists who happen to be muslims.
The arguement is sometimes made, there are christian terrorists, like say the IRA, we don't call them papo-fascists, or like the christian identity
movement, rarely are they described as 'christo-terrorists'. Even the KKK isn't called a 'christo-terrorist' organization, when their
motivations are largely religious. So why focus on the 'islamic' portion of the terrorists who happen to be muslim, people question.
I think that the IRA example illustrates it nicely. The PLO, for example, wasn't called an 'islamo-fascist' organization, it was, in a sense, more
political, more like the IRA, which was a 'republican' movement, though of course there was huge sectarian strife between the catholics and
I think that, if anything, that shows that this isn't some plot to demonize muslims. The usage 'islamo-fascism' only started being used recently,
because the terror organizations weren't nationalists, but were urging caliphate and the creation of states operated by koranic-sharia law. That
does seem to show that there is a basis for calling them 'islamo-fascists'. Indeed, many people, who really have a poor perception of islam, simply
call them 'muslims', even insist that the terrorists are, like the terrorists themselves claim 'muslims strictly observing the dictates of their
More so, while the KKK perhaps escapes similar labeling, the other christian based terrror groups do tend to have their fundamentalist, radical
christian views emphasized. Consider the Branch Davidians. Just as much as their interests in guns was talked about was their religious
interpretations. The phrase 'christo-fascists' wasn't created for the situation, but then again, we've often seen politicians who emphasize
christianity labeled as out and out 'fascists', and the original fascists were christians, 'christo-fascist' would be redundant, to a degree. The
'islamo' addendum is more of a qualifier to the 'fascist' label.