Terrorism disguised as intelligence
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Bryan is an artist, father, husband, and son (not really in that order). He works for the Department of Vetern's Affairs and writes and administers The Fireside Post with his father, Ohg Rea Tone. His writings have not been published, though they have been printed a lot.

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Terrorism disguised as intelligence


This morning I read an article on what is being called Islamo-fascism Awareness week and is being put on by the Terrorism Awareness Project. I was interested because I thought that understanding the difference between an Islamic Extremist and and Islamic Pacifist would be valuable, and that Terrorism Awareness could be a helpful conversation in our understanding why people do what they do. What I found, sadly, is that there is no understanding nor comparing and contrasting involved in this project. It is a project that is targeted at universities to undermine the “academic left.”

After looking at the article, I noticed that there is a suggestion that “Islamo-fascism” is a blanket term for “Islamic.” Also, this program preys on the tolerance for diversity that is prevalent on American University campuses, highlighting the oppression of women, gays, and people of other religions to make their point. The scary part, though, was that the Terrorist Awareness Project is bringing ” A petition denouncing Islamo-Fascism and its violence against women, gays, Christians, Jews and religious people.” Are the Muslim students going to be willing to sign this petition? Is there an opportunity for them to be singled out as pro-terrorist if they cannot sign a petition that is actually an assault on the “academic left” and is full of unfriendly remarks about their teachers, alumni, and fellow students?

This is a time in our country’s history when unity is imperative. I am discouraged that there are efforts to create disharmony in places like college campus’, where harmony, unity and tolerance are staples of everyday life. Maybe I am too fond of the college campus, and maybe I am blinded by my own tolerance for diversity, but I fear that this message, unchallenged, will continue to create the “Us vs. Them” mentality that fosters anger and produces war.

I prefer to ignore this kind of position. I don’t want to give it credence by discussing it in a public forum. But, the movement of misunderstanding that have in the past gone unnoticed have resulted in profound mistakes by the people, like McCarthyism and the Witch Trials. We should be careful and try to recognize fanatic movements that prey on fear, like jihadists and the folks at the Terrorism Awareness project.


See: Domestic Terrorism – an oxymoron

There Are 6 Responses So Far. »

  1. Sadly nations and cultures that “follow” Islam and include the Qu’ran and the Hadith as sources for their penal codes have oppression of women, gays, and people of other religions as an integral part of their culture. We are currently in a conflict of ideologies and it IS a case of “Us vs. Them” – there’s just a valid set of disagreements on who “Us” and “Them” are respectively.

  2. jonolan,

    It warms my heart that you agree that we should be supportive of women, gays, and people of other religions. So I presume you agree that people in this country who are opposed to these issues are like the extremist terrorists (i.e. “them”).

    Ohg Rea Tone

  3. Ohg Rea Tone,

    How do you define “people in this country who are opposed to these issues?” I do not believe in mandating thought or belief. If a person believes all gays are evil, that’s fine with me as is believing that all women should be kept barefoot and pregnant or that Muslims are followers of a false religion. Belief and thought are essential freedoms; it’s the specifics of their actions in response to those beliefs that will determine whether or not I condemn them – not that I carry the clout big enough for that to matter.

    Also “extremism” and “terrorism” are two separate things. The former is a example of beliefs while the latter a method of action. As you can see there are disagreements on who “Us” and “Them” are.

  4. Jonolan,

    I am happy to see that you and I agree on this topic. I should add that the roots of terrorism are spouted in extremism. Islam extremist or christian extremist – same thing.

    Ohg Rea Tone

  5. Ohg Rea Tone,

    We can easily agree that Islamic extremists and Christian extremists are similar in their extremity and that either religion could be an excuse for terrorism. I would have to add the caveat that terrorism can sprout from extremism but also from other sources. Political pressures can breed the same behavior without the trappings of religions.


  6. Jonolan,

    Agreed. Extremism is not limited to religion.


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