In the years since 9/11 I have attempted to be moderate in my criticism of the general Muslim community and instead only attack the militant members of the Islamic faith. (That was bad wording) In the years since 9/11 I have attempted to be moderate in my criticism of Islam in general and only blame militant Islamic fundamentalitsts for the attacks. Sometimes I have been more successful than others.
During this same period President Bush has consistently stated that the war on terror is not a war with Islam "the Religion of Peace" but a war with militant Islam. During this time he has been consistently criticized for that restraint. Finally this week he stated the obvious we are at war with Islamic Fascism.
Immediately after this statement CAIR and other Islamic organizations accused the President of targeting the Muslim community with his poor choice of words. I disagree.
The President's statement is exactly right we are at war with a fascist enemy that also happens to be Islamic in nature:
Fascism is characterized by totalitarian attempts to impose state control over all aspects of life: political, social, cultural, and economic. The fascist state regulates and controls (as opposed to nationalizing) the means of production. Fascism exalts the nation, state, or race as superior to the individuals, institutions, or groups composing it. Fascism uses explicit populist rhetoric; calls for a heroic mass effort to restore past greatness; and demands loyalty to a single leader, often to the point of a cult of personality. (source: Wikipedia)
If we substitute religion for race the world as envisioned by Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups is a fascist society. The past greatness to be restored is the Caliphate and the organization to control is fundamentalist Islam. This can be easily demonstrated by the fact that Al-Qaeda wishes to impose Sharia law :
The comprehensive nature of Sharia law is due to the belief that the law must provide all that is necessary for a person's spiritual and physical well-being. All possible actions of a Muslim are divided (in principle) into five categories: obligatory, meritorious, permissible, reprehensible, and forbidden. Fundamental to the obligations of every Muslim are the Five Pillars of Islam.
Sharia law is divided into two main sections:
- The acts of worship, or al-ibadat, these include:
- Human interaction, or al-mu'amalat, which includes:
- Financial transactions
- Laws of inheritance
- Marriage, divorce, and child care
- Foods and drinks (including ritual slaughtering and hunting)
- Penal punishments
- Warfare and peace
- Judicial matters (including witnesses and forms of evidence)
In 1998 the Turkish Constitutional Court banned and dissolved Turkey's Refah Party on the grounds that the "rules of Sharia", which Refah sought to introduce, "were incompatible with the democratic regime," pointing up that "Democracy is the antithesis of Sharia." On appeal by Refah the European Court of Human Rights determined that "Sharia is incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy" Refah's Sharia based notion of a "plurality of legal systems, grounded on religion" was ruled to contravene the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. It was determined that it would "do away with the State's role as the guarantor of individual rights and freedoms" and "infringe the principle of non-discrimination between individuals as regards their enjoyment of public freedoms, which is one of the fundamental principles of democracy". It was further ruled that
- [T]he Court considers that Sharia, which faithfully reflects the dogmas and divine rules laid down by religion, is stable and invariable. Principles such as pluralism in the political sphere or the constant evolution of public freedoms have no place in it. […] It is difficult to declare one’s respect for democracy and human rights while at the same time supporting a regime based on sharia, which clearly diverges from Convention values, particularly with regard to its criminal law and criminal procedure, its rules on the legal status of women and the way it intervenes in all spheres of private and public life in accordance with religious precepts.
So going by the definition of Fascism and by the nature of Sharia law the President was absolutely correct.