Five Minutes for Israel will try to to avoid using the descriptive name ‘Islamic State’ in favour of ‘DAESH’ or ‘self-declared Islamic State’. We suggest you do the same.
There are several reasons to do this.
While there is no doubt the bloodthirsty entity is Islamic it is hardly the only Islamic state. Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have also adopted Islam as the ideological foundation of state and constitution. They can claim the title Islamic state no less than the butchers in Iraq.
In addition, by what definition is it a state? That may be irrelevant as the same question should be asked about Palestine. States can recognise Narnia and Neverland as states if they desire.
In Israel we get around this by calling the entity DAESH which is an acronym of the Arabic al-Dawla al-Islamiya fil Iraq wa’al Sham. Apparently France is also considering this solution.
This is especially pertinent as DAESH claim to be the caliphate i.e. the divinely authorised Muslim world under a single Islamic state. There is no reason for the media or politicians to tacitly accept that claim by accepting the name.
Similarly if we have to employ an abbreviation for Islamic State we use ISIS rather than IS. This is for mostly practical reasons. Doing a word search for two letters that serve as the 3rd person–present tense of the verb ‘to be’ and also one of the most common vowel–consonant combinations is a nightmare.
Hopefully, expanded recognition of DAESH rather than Islamic State (in Syria, Levant or wherever) will gradually see ISIS, ISIS and IS fade from Western usage.
Some say calling them DAESH irritates the self-declared Islamic State because it reduces the grandness and splendour of the posturing name they have given to themselves. Another plus.
The Kurds fight DAESH
This video contains images that some will find distressing.
Five Minutes for Israel can’t vouch for the authenticity of this video but we feel it import enough to share. The constant stream of self photographed beheadings and atrocities from DAESH has allowed them to dominate regular and social media. It is vital that in this as in Iraq they don’t get it all their own way.
About the 5-in-a-star
The ISIS T shirt is an actual product marketed by an Indonesian retailer. However appropriate reproducing it without the model’s head was their idea not ours.
Cross posted from Five Minutes for Israel