The Ten Arabic Word Challenge

From Matt Bracken at GoV, by way of WRSA, comes a very blunt but spot-on challenge.

If you are a politically-correct bliss-ninny with a coexist bumper sticker slapped on the back of your Subaru, and you don’t have the slightest clue what the following ten words mean, then this essay is not meant for you. You are excused.

dawah, dhimmi, hijra, jizya, kafir, shaheed, shariah, takfir, taqiyya, ummah

But if you are a national security professional, senior military officer or political leader involved in any aspect of the “Global War On Terror,” AKA “Countering Violent Extremism,” these are ten words that should already be a part of your working vocabulary. If you can’t readily discuss their meaning, significance, and relationships, then you are worse than a fool, you are disgrace to your office and a danger to your country.

Sing it, brother!

He’s right, you know. Hearkening back to elementary school days, we might call it “Building Word Power for the Long War.” If you can’t figure out which to start with, I’d recommend taqiyya, so you understand when you’re being lied to and why. (Answer hints: pretty much all the time, and to lull you into complacency.)

Those people– savages– mean us great harm. Shame on us if we let them do it.


About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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2 Responses to The Ten Arabic Word Challenge

  1. burkemblog says:

    I wonder what the Islamic world’s 10 words would be–Crusades, Sykes-Picot, ARAMCO, Balfour Declaration…Charles Martel? I think looking at such a large and diverse group of people through such a narrow lens is one of the (many) reasons we find ourselves embroiled yet again in the middle of an Islamic civil war that appears to have no end. When we start sending our kids to Iraq, maybe we’ll figure it out.


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