What’s in a name? None dare call it Islamism!!
Did you hear about the bomb making material found at a university that is less than 20 miles away from the White House and Capitol Hill? Yeah, most people probably didn’t hear about it, because it received surprisingly little press coverage, especially considering the location. But, nearly two weeks ago, on Wednesday, 03/16/16, according to authorities, a “small amount” of bomb-making material was found.
Don’t worry folks, it was only a “small amount”, whatever that means. I have to admit that I am a probably a little more concerned about this than most other folks, because while this took place only 20 miles from downtown Washington DC, I live less than 20 miles away from George Mason University. But the thing that is most disconcerting for me is the fact that the law enforcement officials (and the University) have declined to release the names of the students involved.
Maybe this was nothing. Maybe it was just a bunch of dumb frat boys who were sitting around trying to invent new ways to kill some brain cells.
Now, of course, we know better. The city of Boston, and the nation as a whole learned what Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev had in mind with those seemingly innocuous pressure cookers. Three people died in the blast at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and another 264 people suffered serious but non-fatal injuries, from those harmless pressure cookers, at the hands of two guys who were of college frat boy age.
A little over 50 years ago, a man named John A. Stormer exploded onto the literary scene, when he wrote a book entitled None Dare Call It Treason. He made it clear in his book that America was losing a war against the biggest threat to American sovereignty at that time, Communism. He made the case that the previous five Presidential Administrations (Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, and Roosevelt) had all failed to recognize and effectively handle the huge threat of Communism.
Fifty-two years later, the same charge (failing to recognize and effectively handle a huge threat) could be made against at least the previous four Presidential Administrations (Obama, George W. Bush, Clinton, George H.W. Bush), and possibly even a fifth (Ronald Reagan), in regards to a different threat, Islamism.
In a previous article, entitled, Redefining Words = Redefining America, I mentioned that, “he who controls the language, controls everything in the debate, because they can control the past, the present and the future. If you can redefine words…you can redefine America.” In the ancient Chinese military treatise, The Art of War, dating from the 5th century BC, the revered Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu, wrote, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
There is a similar, but more apropos quote in the book, The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of “The Ballad of Mulan”, by Cameron Dokey. It says, “You must never call your enemy by a name you choose for him.” “Instead you must call him by the name he calls himself. What he chooses will reflect his pride; it will reveal his desires. But what you choose to call him will reveal your fears, which should be kept to yourself, lest your enemy find the way to exploit them.”
The Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, wrote his classic story, Romeo and Juliet, in 1597. In Act II, Scene II while talking with her beloved Romeo, Juliet Capulet professes her love, and asks Romeo to deny his family name, Montague, and she will deny her family name, and they will run away together and basically live happily ever after. She asked him, “What’s in a name?” This question was important, because their two families were bitter rivals.
What’s in a name, indeed That’s a great question, one I would love to know, especially when it comes to identifying the individuals who were arrested for having drugs and bomb making material. Once again, they could just be a couple of dumb frat boys…or they could be like the Tsarnaev boys. Either way, I want to know their names, because names have meaning.
There is no doubt that Islamism is the enemy of the West in general, and an Unhyphenated America in particular. But, how can we withstand, let alone defeat an enemy who we refuse to acknowledge and identify as our enemy. Author, poet, and Civil Rights Activist, Maya Angelou famously said, “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” In this day and age of political correctness run amok, no matter how much our enemies show and tell us who and what they are, none dare call it Islamism.