"At War with Islamic Fascists"
August 14, 2006
In his first response to the major terror airline scare in London, President Bush said on Aug. 10 that
... "The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation".
His use of the term "Islamic fascists" spurred attention and controversy, especially among Islamists.
At a pro-Hizbullah rally in front of the White House, on Aug. 12, the crowd (in the Washington Post’s description) “grew most agitated when speakers denounced President Bush’s references to Islam.
"In particular, the president of the Muslim American Society, Esam Omesh, won a massive roar of approval when he (deliberately?) mischaracterized the president’s statement:
"Mr. Bush: Stop calling Islam Islamic fascism".
Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called the term "ill-advised" and "counter-productive", repeating CAIR' s usual conceit that violence in the name of Islam has, in fact, nothing to do with Islam.
Even more preposterously, Awad went on to suggest that we "take advantage of these incidents to make sure that we do not start a religious war against Islam and Muslims".