The Curious Lack of Indonesians at Gitmo

The Washington Times reported on a special joint House-Senate hearing December 7 on terrorist infiltration of our military.  Paul N. Stockton, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, told lawmakers, "I don't believe it's helpful to frame our adversary as 'Islamic' with any set of qualifiers that we might add, because we are not at war with Islam." We may not be at war with Islam, but Islam is at war with us and has been since at least the 1920s.  Authors Robert Spencer and Andrew Bostom have written volumes about Islam's war against non-Muslims. They may not agree with Stockton's view that our adversary isn't representative of true Islam, but they do agree that qualifiers aren't helpful.  Spencer has written that "Islamism" and "Islamist" are uniquely Western, artificial, and politically correct efforts to distinguish between good Muslims and bad Muslims.  Bostom similarly uses history to support that Islam's "ism" is simply a neutral suffix no...(Read Full Article)

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