Sunday, February 03, 2008

Whitehall to Whitewash Islamic Extremism and the Jihad

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THE GUARDIAN: Phrasebook designed to avoid blaming Muslims for extremism

A new counter-terrorism phrasebook has been drawn up within Whitehall to advise civil servants on how to talk to Muslim communities about the nature of the terror threat without implying they are specifically to blame.

Reflecting the government's decision to abandon the "aggressive rhetoric" of the so-called war on terror, the guide tells civil servants not to use terms such as Islamist extremism or jihadi-fundamentalist but instead to refer to violent extremism and criminal murderers or thugs to avoid any implication that there is an explicit link between Islam and terrorism.

It warns those engaged in counter-terrorist work that talk of a struggle for values or a battle of ideas is often heard as a "confrontation/clash between civilisations/cultures". Instead it suggests that talking about the idea of shared values works much more effectively. Whitehall draws up new rules on language of terror >>> By Alan Travis, home affairs editor

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What are these shared values?
Rights of man?
Democracy?
Equality for women on their own terms?
Acceptance of all other faiths?

Anonymous said...

ha ha,what are you going to do when islamists perpetrate crimes purposely in the name of islam and they are proud of that? how about muslim leaders like musharraf using the word 'islamic extremists', is he guilty of using the wrong word? or just explaining the situation..Haha the west is also confused too!

Mark said...

As far as I am concerned, my government is craven. Period!