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The Frailty of the Adjective ‘Islamist’

Posted on September 15, 2013

Happy to. The use of the word 'Islamist' as an adjective for 'leader*' forces a false causality between excessive force and 'Islamist' leaders. This false causality implies a false solution: if we get rid of the Islamists, we get rid of excessive force. If the 'Islam-ness' of a leader was a relevant detail for explaining the excessive use of tear gas, then there would be almost no cases of such misuse in countries where there is non-Islamic leadership. However, we know this is a tactic governments worldwide have used and continue to use, for no other reason than to deny people their right to peaceful protest.