ISLAMOFASCISM….Spencer Ackerman spent last week visiting the Muslim community in Dearborn, Michigan, and comes back with a news flash for the president about the term “Islamofascist”:
Practically everyone I’ve spoken with in Dearborn, from oncologists to students to clerics, brings up the term unprompted to explain how they feel themselves under collective suspicion from the Justice Department, a tone they feel Bush has set himself by using the phrase.
….Last week in the Weekly Standard, the apparent inventor of the phrase, Stephen Schwartz, dismissed those who’d be offended by “Islamofascism” as “primitive Muslims.” That should tell you all you need to know about those who use the term. I confess to using it, if ironically, in a recent piece, and here in Dearborn I learned precisely why you and I shouldn’t. The people it infuriates aren’t primitive. They’re the moderate, pro-American, well-integrated Muslims who form one of the greatest bulwarks against Al Qaeda that the U.S. possesses, and they see the term as draining their Americanness away.
It’s remarkable that anyone needs to be told this, but obviously they do. So now they’ve been told. And I have some advice of my own for George Bush: you should probably avoid any phrase that’s used primarily in the fever swamps of the hawkish blogosphere. Following their lead will merely dig you into an even deeper hole than you’ve already dug all by yourself.