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Global Struggle, or Global Jihad?

Reported by Janie - August 5, 2005

Yesterday (8/4) on Dayside, guest-host Mike Jerrick conducted a segment interviewing Robert Spencer, the author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades" discussing the impact the Islamic religion has on terrorism.

During the interview, a headline at the bottom of the screen caught my attention. It read: "Jihad means 'struggle' or 'holy war'". I found it extraordinarily interesting that no one in the media has made a connection to the name that has been given to replace the term "war on terror".

Recently, the "war on terror" has been renamed the "global struggle against extremism". According to the headline on Fox (as well as dictionary.com) the translation of the word "jihad" truly is "struggle". Could there be a connection? Has the Bush Administration decided to pointedly tell the Muslim world that we are now waging a global "jihad", or Holy War against them?

Fox displayed the definition very prominently, but did not mention the connection between the newly redefined "global struggle against extremism" and the term "jihad".

Comment: Fox is not the only media outlet to ignore this connection, so this is not a complaint directly aimed at Fox News. From what I have seen, no media source has mentioned this correlation, and there is silence from all sides.

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