Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lieberman: Omitting 'Islamic' Terrorism From Security Document Dishonest, 'Orwellian'

Lieberman calls it 'Orwellian' ~ I think the Orwellian part started along time ago ~ the actions of the Prophet and today's extremists are the same. That's why they are doing it... If we were honest we would talk more about Islam in terms of time. In Muhammad's day slicing and dicing to gain new territory for Islam and bring people under underneath it ~ may have been viewed differently. Today this is unacceptable. Today we have established countries with systems of law. Muslims can't act as Muhammad did. When the conversation swings around to the truth about Islam's history ~ over this hijacking of the religion talk ~ then we can really deal with Islam.

The whole issue around Islam can be seen through the issue of child marriages ~ Muhammad wedded a 6 year-old-child and then slept with her at 9. In Muhammad's day he could get away with that ~ without being stoned to death ~ but in today's world we know a lot more about the development of the human body and the practise is deemed too dangerous. As we saw people's insistence of following the Prophet ~ a child bride of 12, bled to death this week in Yemen. Discussions with Muslims would be more accurately based around time.

Sen. Joe Lieberman slammed the Obama administration Sunday for stripping terms like "Islamic extremism" from a key national security document, calling the move dishonest, wrong-headed and disrespectful to the majority of Muslims who are not terrorists.

The Connecticut independent revealed that he wrote a letter Friday to top counterterrorism adviser John Brennan urging the administration to "identify accurately the ideological source" of the threat against the United States. He wrote that failing to identify "violent Islamist extremism" as the enemy is "offensive."

The letter was written following reports that the administration was removing religious references from the U.S. National Security Strategy -- the document that had described the "ideological conflict" of the early 21st century as "the struggle against militant Islamic radicalism."

Lieberman told "Fox News Sunday" this isn't the first time the Obama administration has tried to tiptoe around referring to Islam in its security documents and that it's time to "blow the whistle" on the trend.

"This is not honest and, frankly, I think it's hurtful in our relations with the Muslim world," Lieberman said. "We're not in a war against Islam. It's a group of Islamist extremists who have taken the Muslim religion and made it into a political ideology, and I think if we're not clear about that, we disrespect the overwhelming majority of Muslims who are not extremists."

Lieberman, in his letter, noted that prior Department of Homeland Security and Pentagon documents also did not refer to "Islamist extremism." He expressed dismay that the administration's review of the Fort Hood shooting, in which alleged shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan was said to have had contact with a radical cleric beforehand, omitted the term.

"Unless we're honest about that, we're not going to be able to defeat this enemy," Lieberman told "Fox News Sunday." "It's absolutely Orwellian and counterproductive to the fight that we're fighting."

Fox News

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