Have you ever wondered why the mainstream media use “ISIS” while the president uses “ISIL”? Last week, during an interview, a reporter said ISIS immediately after the president had said ISIL. Sometimes you hear reporters saying “ISIS or ISIL”. When the president first started using ISIL, I expected the press to follow suit, but they haven’t. What I find interesting is that no one from the press has asked the president why he keeps saying “ISIL”. Perhaps they already know that which I find obvious.
“ISIS” stands for “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” and “ISIL” stands for “Islamic State of Iraq and Levant”. I had never heard of Levant before, had you? Most of us haven’t, so, as long as the press isn’t interested in explaining the difference between ISIS and ISIL, the low-information voters won’t know the significance of the president using one over the other. The Levant is the eastern Mediterranean area that includes Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, Judea, Samaria, Lebanon, and Syria. (Here is the Wikipedia page on it, if you want to learn more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_ancient_Levant.)
What the president is doing when he says ISIL is acknowledging the Islamic State’s authority over this area. It seems to me that anyone who supports Israel or the other sovereign nations in the area would never acknowledge Islam’s authority over any of their territory. And an Alinskyite such as President Obama would never give an enemy the respect of acknowledging their authority over anything. In my opinion, the president’s use of ISIL reveals his true feelings. In fact, despite the president’s words of support for Israel, his actions speak much louder. As does his use of the term ISIL.
Americans are a generous, accepting people, but our desire to make others feel welcome is at our own peril. I keep hearing some, especially the mainstream media, giving Islam the moral equivalence of Christianity. It is hard for me to say this, since I am not at all a fan of his, but Bill Maher really stated the difference as well as anyone when he pointed out to Charlie Rose that there are no Christians stoning homosexuals, and that if beheadings were happening at the Vatican, there would be more attention. Here is the YouTube link, if you want to watch it yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=TKDObUuPsRE.
People who tell you there are “moderate” Muslims are lying to you. The Qur’an is quite clear. The Qur’an doesn’t have a New Testament, where Mohammed tells his followers to love their neighbors as themselves, and then dies for their sins. The Qur’an tells its followers that infidels must convert of die. PERIOD. The Qur’an says for them to prepare the “seeds of war” to terrorize the enemy (Qur’an 8:60). Qur’an 3:32 says that Allah does not love the unbeliever. Qur’an 48:29 says believers must be severe against unbelievers. Qur’an 5:33 says the punishment for those who do not follow Islam is death, crucifixion, severing of extremities, and imprisonment. Qur’an 9:5 says idolaters should be besieged, captured, and ambushed. If they convert, forgive them.Qur’an 9:29 says to fight those who do not believe (rather than those who attack you). Qur’an 9:111 says to strive against the unbelievers, and not be unyielding. It says their abode is hell. Qur’an 8:12: “Instill terror in the hearts of the unbelievers, smite them above their necks.” Qur’an 47:4 says “Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers, strike off their heads… When ye have made wide slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives…” Qur’an 9:123 says “Murder those of the disbelievers and let them find harshness in you.” Qur’an 2:191 says “Kill them wherever you find them and drive them out from wherever they drove you out.” Qur’an 2:193 says “Fight them on until there is no more tumult and religion becomes that of Allah.” Qur’an 8:17 says “It is not ye who slew them; it is God; when thou threwest a handful of dust, it was not thy act, but God’s.”
When people try to tell me that not all Muslims believe in terrorism or beheadings, I ask them to point out the ones who don’t. There may be Muslims who are repulsed by the terrorism, but, in my opinion, they are willing to step aside and allow others to do it… Because they view it is a “necessary evil”. Their Qur’an tells them so.