Friday, August 18, 2006

The EclectEcon explains there's a thin line between theologues and, well, totalitarians.

Here's a related a series of posts of mine from a while back, and this one, too.

Don't find the term Islamo-fascist accurate? Neither do I. Utopian-totalitarian is what is meant, not fascist. But whatever you call it, speak out against it.

Meanwhile, the people of Connecticut seem to have become single issue voters. Democrats are not happy.


Blogger Seabee said...

Not accurate, as you say, but very emotive, which is the point of using it of course, however inaccurate.

'Terrorist' and 'war on terror' work the same way of course, and they're thrown in at every opportunity.

I find it illuminating that the word 'fascist' hasn't been used after the word 'Christian' to describe terrorists mis-using that religion's name for their actions. No way in the world would Dubya say that!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Insipid Chagrin said...

Totalitarian,certainly, but why utopian? Because they believe in a utopian world where everyone conforms to their POV?

Perhaps, but i think there's more to it than that. Each of the groups that have made news: The 7/7 bombers, Hizbollah, Al-Qaeda,are all motivated by different belief systems. The first were a bunch of disenfranchised kids that wanted to take their grievance out on others - not unlike the school shotgun massacre in the US a few months back; one is a territorial force fighting for land, no matter its religion; and the last is an dispersed ideological movement with motives hard to pin down.

i think that their circumstances may be similar because they're all engaged in asymmetric acts aginst established socio-political systems, but lumping them together under a single handle, be it totalitarian or fascist, is counter-productive. If you can't distinguish between grievances, you can't sort them.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anomolous said...

The shocking statement on August 10 by US President George W. Bush, linking Islam with fascism, provided indisputable evidence about the nature and roots of the war this administration launched, on what it labelled as terrorism after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

It seems like there is a lot of (deliberate?) mischaracterization coming from both sides of the propaganda isle. It seems really strange to me that muslims would be upset at the Islamofascist term, any more than a Christian would be upset when people refer to members of the KKK or Christian Identity movement as Christian fascists.

Is this oversensitivity just a genuine miscommunication (language/cultural issues?), or is it merely harmless political posturing, or is it something worse?

What's the best way, from your man-on-the-street/
Christian-in-a-Muslim-land perspective, to avoiding the clash of civilizations.

8:51 PM  

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