Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer, threatened by the Council on American-Islamic Relations a few months back, links to this story in the WSJ. Wait, it’s a WSJ story, but it’s reposted in full on CAIR’s website.

A divide is emerging on the presidential campaign trail over battling terrorists: how exactly to label the fight. While Democrats tend to talk about terrorism in general, Republicans increasingly pin the threat directly on Islam.

So why won’t the Democrats talk directly about any of this?
All the major Republican candidates regularly weave some form of the phrase “Islamic extremism” into their stump speeches. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has taken the rhetoric to a new level, running a television advertisement about “this century’s nightmare, jihadism.”

Democratic candidates generally don’t emphasize linking Islam and terrorism. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton talks more of “global terrorism,” while Sen. Barack Obama refers to “stateless terrorism.”

“In four Democratic debates, not a single Democratic candidate said the word ‘Islamic terrorism,'” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said at a Republican debate. “Now that is taking a political correctness to extremes.”

Robert was interviewed for the story, and though his quotes weren’t included, he made a good point.

Elizabeth Holmes interviewed me at some length for this article, and I explained to her that the linkage between Islam and terrorism did not come from Republican presidential candidates, but from the terrorists themselves, who consistently point to Islamic teachings to explain and justify their actions. If we refuse to explore this, and to speak about it honestly, we are voluntarily declining to make use of the only key that they themselves have given us to understanding their own motives and goals. And without understanding the motives and goals of an opponent, you cannot defeat him.

Want to see someone speaking on the same subject, who agrees with what Robert says? Here ya go.

In this exclusive video interview with Mujahid Sheikh Abu Muhammad, who studied under the blind Sheikh Abdul Rahman, Sheikh Muhammad addresses the status of Muslims in Britain and those in countries that are at war in Muslim lands. Patience – a large file well worth it.

He cites verse after verse from the Koran to justify saying that Muslims are currently in a state of war with the UK. Not jihadists or just al Qaeda or the Taliban or even Iraqis — Muslims. That video, btw, is linked on Jihad Unspun, a site that’s more than sympathetic to the Islamist cause.

So why aren’t the Democrats talking about this? Well…

After a group of conservative academics declared last week “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week,” David Halperin, a senior vice president at the Democratic-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, criticized the effort. “To continue to harp on the idea that Islamo-fascism is the source of terrorism is to suggest that all Muslims are terrorists,” Mr. Halperin said.


Where have we heard that kind of thinking before?