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