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Islamofascists—Islamic fascists—appear to have replaced terrorists in the lexicon of the Global War on Terrorism.

It would also appear that the world is now engaged in the Global War on Islamofascism (GWOI). [1]

The term appeared June 6, 2003, in the mission statement or anti-com.com:

"anti-com.com is a collaborative effort of, independent, like-minded people, all thoroughly disgusted with authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, groups and their supporters. Western civilization finds itself at the beginning of the 21st century, after the retreat of communist ideologies, facing the forces of a new and perhaps graver reactionary threat. We are all witnessing the violent and disruptive growth of islamofascism, and other purulent ideologies that commit atrocities, enslave populations and pervert religion to pursue an anti-western and particularly anti-American agenda. ...
"Totalitarian communism, islamofacism, anti-globalism, anti-westernism, and other dangerous ideologies must be exposed for the great frauds and threats to human liberty they represent."

Anti-com.com[2] Protest Warrior among its affiliated "Organizations & Projects". On August 17, 2004, the term was employed by Protest Warrior's Kfir Alfia and Alan Lipton in the Manifesto[3] posted on the GOPUSA Forum just before the Republican national convention for the 2004 presidential election:

"Now we face a new threat, Islamo-fascism, a movement that will not stop so long as any outpost of Judeo-Christianity remains.
"It doesn't matter that Islamo-fascist countries have no freedom, no civil liberties, no women's rights, no science, no art, and are controlled by billionaire oligarchs who pay the clerics to keep their people under control; that they are part of the revolutionary struggle against America is all that is required to receive the moral approval of the 'pacifists.'"

And ...

"Ponder the irony of Islamo-fascist groups pouring in from Iran and Syria decrying American 'occupation', knowing full well that we would like nothing better to do than pull out, and it's their actions which necessitate our remaining."

The term appeared in an October 6, 2004, posted by the anonymous Vic at anti-com.com, who wrote:

"The President is no angel, but to consider, much less endorse Kerry as a viable alternative based on his performance last Thursday is not only ridiculous and ignorant, it is stupid and dangerous in the context of the global War on Islamofascism. ... How strange, then, that it is not the nuanced Massachussets intellectual, but the reckless Texas cowboy who understands how to prosecute and win the global War on Islamofascism."

The term has also been attributed to Khalid Durán in an article he wrote for the Washington Times in a reference to Islamist fundamentalists, Albert Scardino wrote February 4, 2005, in the Guardian Unlimited (UK).

"Terrorists" = "extremists" = "fascists"

"You know the White House is getting nervous when the president of the United States starts dropping the 'f-bomb'," Michael Tackett wrote[4] in a Chicago Tribune editorial September 3, 2006.

"And not just him," Tackett wrote. "We've heard it from Vice President Dick Cheney and from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, among others. So there's not much doubt that this is part of a plan. Few administrations have perfected the notion of a drumbeat better than those in Bush 43."

"The pivot from 'extremists' to 'fascists' suggests that 'extremist' wasn't cutting it in terms of ringing the voters' chimes and summoning support for the war in Iraq, which the president continues to say is the epicenter of the global war on terror. There is increasing evidence that a majority of Americans no longer agree with how the president connects those dots, or his success in fighting either battle."

Examples of use

  • "The Islamo-fascists are fighting us on an asymmetrical, global battlefield that spans from Baghdad to Pakistan to Indonesia to the streets of London. To retreat from any battlefront where we are engaged with this enemy is foolish and reckless."—Wade Zirkle, Vets for Freedom Action Fund, August 11, 2006. [5]
  • "The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation."—President George W. Bush, Green Bay, Wisconsin, August 10, 2006. [6]
  • According to "White House officials", the "central line of attack against Democrats from now through the midterm elections: that the withdrawal being advocated by Democrats would mean thousands of troops would have died for nothing, would give extremists a launching pad from which to build an Islamo-fascist empire and would hand the United States its must humiliating defeat since Vietnam."—Jim Rutenberg and Adam Nagourney, New York Times, June 22, 2006.[7]
  • "Should the coalition leave and Iraqi democracy fail, ... Al Qaeda would be emboldened. Terrorist groups would be emboldened. The Islamofascists would be emboldened."—President George W. Bush, March 21, 2006. [8]
  • "The connections between the Nazis and the Islamofascists are rooted in more than shared ambitions of world domination and violent methods. ... Consequently, as a practical matter, we have no choice but to fight the Islamofascists, both abroad and at home. Surrender, whether in Iraq or elsewhere, is not an option."—Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., RenewAmerica, March 20, 2006. [9]
  • In December 2005, just prior to the emergence of Vets for Freedom, David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.com published the article The party of Defeat[10] by David Bellavia, which attacked the Democratic Party leadership in general—and John Kerry, John Murtha, Howard Dean, and Edward M. Kennedy in particular—and which echoed Bush administration pro-war rhetoric:
"Though soldiers bleed for the right to dissent, we must remember that at times dissent will embolden our desperate Islamofascist enemy, especially when they read accounts of the growing fecklessness of the American people and her policy makers."
  • "Some call this evil Islamic radicalism; others, militant Jihadism; still others, Islamo-fascism. Whatever it's called, this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam. This form of radicalism exploits Islam to serve a violent, political vision: the establishment, by terrorism and subversion and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom. These extremists distort the idea of jihad into a call for terrorist murder against Christians and Jews and Hinduism|Hindus]] -- and also against Muslims from other traditions, who they regard as heretics."—Speech by President George W. Bush, National Endowment for Democracy, October 6, 2005. [11]

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