The Islamic State is Neither Islamic Nor a State and Its Characterization Must Defer to its Arabic Acronym “Daesh”


March 25, 2015 by Alfred

Since December of 2014, moderate Moslems in Arab states, as well as moderate Moslems in Turkey and in Iran, have denounced the use of the characterization “Islamic State” or variances thereof, as regards to the violent movement which has wreaked horrific havoc in the Middle East, a movement which owes its political base genesis from the direct results of the 2003 U.S. neocon Bush/Cheney invasion of Iraq on the basis of false claims.

Nowhere in the Koran is there any justification for the brutality of death by decapitation of the hundreds of innocent and unarmed people who have been thusly victimized by these miscreant marauding criminals, and hence to characterize them as “Islamic” is a most repulsive insult to Islam, and to further compound their conquests of the regions they have ruthlessly spread their horror to as “State” only further inflames said insult.

Nevertheless, those neocon and revisionist Zionist right-wing extremists ideologues who fanned the flames of disinformation, hate, and fear mongering to create a fictitious case for war on Iraq, and who, BTW, are members of the same mythomane gangs who are now attempting to sabotage the nuclear talks between the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China by spreading further falsehoods-based Iran vilification misinformation for their insidious agenda of war on Iran, insist on continuing to refuse to call an ace an ace, in order to thereby subliminally mislead the public into believing that the Islamic State is somehow legitimately linked to the Moslem religion, rather than being the symptom of the West’s invasive countless ruthless and violent imposition of dominance on the Middle East since, particularly, WWI.

There is a plethora of academically researched and published sources which catalogues the  long history of horrific abuse and exploitation by particularly the British Empire and its revisionist Zionist supporters who along with United States complicity since 1967 have made Israel the center of some of their operations and/or political capital generation base, as the violently expansive Israel, so-called state, which has relentlessly taken over land and evicted and/or killed massively its legitimate inhabitants following its war of aggression on Egypt, land which is in addition to that 75% of land which was taken over violently dispossessed from the autochthonous Palestinians in 1948.

One of those sources which is handy and excellently written, is found in a book which is composed of such a massive volume of citations of documented history that it takes up 50% of the pages of said book.

This book is titled “Against Our Better Judgment :  The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel” and its author is Alison Weir.   She is the President of the Council of National Interest and founder of the website “If Americans Knew”.

So, with this prologue, this writer submits that rather than to defer to actors of the phenomenon which features these well organized but miscreant marauding criminals carrying out invasive land operations and decapitating unarmed civilians and characterizing them by the name their leaders want to be known as, and call themselves as, we properly and respectfully should characterize them by using their Arabic characterization which is known in Arabic as ad-Dawlat al-Islāmiyah fī al-ʿIrāq wa sh-Shām, leading to the Arabic acronym Da’ish or DAESH (داعش, Arabic pronunciation: daːʕiʃ).

The name Daesh, according to France24, is a “loose acronym” for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham). The name is commonly used by enemies of ISIS, and it also has many negative undertones, as Daesh sounds similar to the Arabic words Daes (“one who crushes something underfoot”) and Dahes (“one who sows discord”). 

Islamic clerics around the world expressed anger at the extremist group being used to portray all of Islam, and requested that it be called by another name (a group of British imams suggested calling it the “Un-Islamic State,” arguing that it was “neither Islamic, nor is it a state”).

In most Arabic nations, however, the group is generally referred to as Daesh. Historian and blogger Pieter van Ostaeyen wrote this year that word was a transliteration of an Arabic word (داعش), an acronym for al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham (which is itself a transliteration of the group’s Arabic name: الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام). The word can be transliterated a variety of different ways such as DAIISH, but DAASH.

One thought on “The Islamic State is Neither Islamic Nor a State and Its Characterization Must Defer to its Arabic Acronym “Daesh”

  1. Marie Estelle Spike says:

    So important to point out how the terminology is used to distort the facts and fuel the fire! Thanks again for your razor sharp analysis..

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