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Daesh/Dash/ISIS/ISIL/IS-What a simple name change will do


After the Paris terrorist attacks, 
Secretary of State John Kerry and 
President Barack Obama joined 
French President Francois Holland 
in calling the Islamic State 
militant group “Daesh.”
At a press conference today, 
President Obama returned to using 
the term “ISIL” (Islamic State of 
Iraq and the Levant), which is a 
variation of ISIS (Islamic State of 
Iraq and Syria).
Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan 
talks with Abderrahim Foukara of  
Al Jazeera about these  different 
names, their roots and the politics 
behind them.
 In the words of Simon Collis, 
the British Ambassador to Iraq: 
“Arabic speakers spit out the 
name Da’ish with different 
mixtures of contempt, ridicule 
and hostility. Da’ish is always 
negative.” It’s certainly entered 
the ever-adaptive Arabic language 
big time: in the plural form – 
“daw’aish” – it means bigots who 
impose their views on others.


Its not “Islamic”, its not a “State”

Every Muslim loves Islam\Islamic in a name – just like they love the beautiful true religion of Islam (or pronounced Islaam – but that’s another story).

But what about the Evil group of Syria:

  • France is calling it “Daesh”
  • Turkey is calling it “Daesh”
  • The Middle Eastern Countries call it “Daesh”
  • John Kerry (Us secretary of State) pronounces it “Dash”
  • The Kurds pronounce it as “Dash”
  • The Scottish SNP Government also calls it “Daesh” here
  • The Guardian sets the story nicely here


  • The BBC refuses to call it “Daesh” as shown here

The “Daesh” name HUMILIATES
and clarifies “their” evil.

To Everyone, Everywhere:

Please, Please, Please! Change the name – otherwise Muslims are going to become the next holocaust victims – for crimes they didn’t commit.


The Simple,
“Stay at Home”,
“Go to Work & Mosque”,
“Fit in to Society” ,
“Have Pity on the Victims of France and elsewhere”,