Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer told the panel on Monday night’s Special Report that language defines the perception of the murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIS. The Egyptian workers were seized in separate kidnappings form the coastal town of Sirte in eastern Libya in December and January. They were paraded by their masked killers along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea before being forced to lie face-down on the beach and savagely beheaded. The White House issued a statement that referred to these victims as “Egyptian citizens” rather than as Christians.
“The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists.”
Guest host Ed Henry asked Krauthammer if the choice of words is an important factor. Krauthammer cited Winston Churchill as an example of a leader who used the English language to save England during World War II.
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Of course it does. It defines the conflict. I mean, Churchill won, saved England and civilization because in 1940, he was able to enlist the English language and he put it to work on behalf of civilization. What this administration is doing is precisely the opposite. It’s sort of deconstructing any resistance with its refusal to acknowledge the obvious and the obvious is this. It’s not just Islamic radicalism anymore or Islamic terrorism, which is only a tactic. This is really Islamist supremacy and in that sense it is akin to Nazism. That was a racial supremacy, here it’s Islamic and the ideology of ISIS is clearly supremacist in the sense that anybody who is not Islamic, in their understanding, is to be either enslaved or eradicated. This is a genocidal movement. You kill Christians, you kill Jews, you kill Yazidis but you may in certain circumstances enslave them. That’s what we’re up against and we have an administration that will not even admit that there’s a religious basis underlying what’s going on.