Secretary of State John Kerry has been using a more politically correct name to refer to the Islamic State, apparently out of his desire to back his contention that there is “nothing whatsoever about ISIL that is related to Islam.”
The name is “Daesh.” Here is one instance of Kerry using Daesh:
And as President Obama made clear, the United States is committed to degrading and ultimately defeating ISIL. And I’m very pleased to say that more than 60 partners have now committed to joining us in this effort in a variety of ways. Not everybody will play a military role or a direct kinetic role. Some will help with respect to the delegitimization of Daesh’s claims with respect to religion.
Kerry is not the only one making the switch. In September, France 24 reported on the French foreign minister deciding to switch to the name:
From now on the French foreign ministry will be calling it Daesh, the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS or the Islamic State group.
Last week, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius asked journalists and media organisations to do the same.
He said: “This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. The Arabs call it ‘Daesh’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats’.”…
Daesh is a loose acronym of the Arabic for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham).
What do you think? Is Kerry using the name “Daesh” because he wants Americans to believe that Islam is a “religion of peace?”
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