donderdag 8 april 2010

"Islam" en "Jihad" taboe in nieuw anti-terrorisme beleid Obama

Er is een spel waarbij je aan de hand van een beschrijving een woord moet raden, maar degene die het beschrijft mag bepaalde woorden niet gebuiken - precies de woorden die je eigenlijk nodig hebt. Moet je bijvoorbeeld 'slaap' omschrijven, dan mag je niet de woorden 'dromen' en 'nacht' en 'moe' gebruiken. Om het je moeilijker te maken. Maar de Amerikaanse politiek is zo al moeilijk genoeg, daar is zo'n spel niet voor nodig.

Don't say "Islam" and don't say "Jihad"

If you don't talk about a problem it does not exist right? I mean the right thing to do, if someone has cancer, is to never ever mention it at all, and then it doesn't exist. And if daddy is committing incest, then we had better not talk about that either. How do you describe Osama Bin Laden or discuss the threat he poses without writing "Islam" or "Jihad?"
Ami Isseroff
By The Associated Press

President Barack Obama's advisers will remove religious terms such as "Islamic extremism" from the central document outlining the U.S. national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.
The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war and currently states: The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.
The officials described the changes on condition of anonymity because the document still was being written, and the White House would not discuss it.
But rewriting the strategy document will be the latest example of Obama putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy, like his promises to dismantle nuclear weapons and limit the situations in which they can be used.
The revisions are part of a larger effort about which the White House talks openly, one that seeks to change not just how the United States talks to Muslim nations, but also what it talks to them about, from health care and science to business startups and education.
That shift away from terrorism has been building for a year, since Obama went to Cairo, Egypt, and promised a new beginning in the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world.
"You take a country where the overwhelming majority are not going to become terrorists, and you go in and say, 'We're building you a hospital so you don't become terrorists.' That doesn't make much sense, said National Security Council staffer Pradeep Ramamurthy.
Ramamurthy runs the administration's Global Engagement Directorate, a four-person National Security Council team that Obama launched last May with little fanfare and a vague mission to use diplomacy and outreach in pursuit of a host of national security objectives. Since then, the division has not only helped change the vocabulary of fighting terror but also has shaped the way the country invests in Muslim businesses, studies global warming, supports scientific research and combats polio.
"Do you want to think about the U.S. as the nation that fights terrorism or the nation you want to do business with?" Ramamurthy said.

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