Some months ago the US government and the Pentagon adopted mandatory language guidelines which prohibit the use of words and phrases such as “jihad”, “Islamic terrorism”, “Islamofascism”, etc., when describing the goals and objectives of the “War on Terror”. To those of a conspiratorial mindset, this idiotic rule is yet more evidence of the successful penetration of the United States government by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Evidently the same PC influences have been at work within Denmark’s Police Intelligence Service. In this case, however, the common sense of Danish government ministers has won out: they are insisting that a spade be called a spade.
From the Danish Parliament’s website (my translation):
Minister rejects PET’s special language requirements
Several of the government’s ideological profiles now openly reject recommendations from the Police Intelligence Service (PET) which would downplay the link between terrorism and Islam.
Neither Defense Minister Soren Gade (V), Welfare Minister Karen Jespersen (V) nor Education Minister Bertel Haarder (V) intend to follow the guidelines of “Terminology and Terrorism”, for which the head of the PET’s Center for Terror Analysis, Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen, is the standard-bearer.
Failed English method
“I call a spade a spade. The Islamist ideology has very negative consequences, and people are well able to tolerate hearing the truth,” said Defense Minister Soren Gade to Altinget.dk
“In England they use PC-speak — and experience shows that it solves nothing. If there were ever a place with rabid and fanatical Muslims, it is Britain. Political correctness just means that you abase yourself — and then they trample on you anyway. I do not intend to be the doormat,” adds Soren Gade.
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Surprised by PET
Welfare Minister Karen Jespersen also has no intention of following the advice of PET:
“The initiative from PET surprises me, for exactly the opposite is true: there is a need. We need instead to have a debate about what Islamism is; the Islamist positions are becoming more and more significant in our society. This development will not stop because we are allowed to give it a name,” said Jespersen.
Education Minister Bertel Haarder puts it this way:
“I can understand what PET are saying, but what are the consequences of following their advice? The result would be that we must practice self-censorship and not speak about society’s biggest problems. We cannot do any good this way. We must instead make common cause with moderate Muslims against the Islamists.”
Should counter propaganda
Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen rejects PET’s recommendations stemming from political correctness:
“This is about ensuring the use of language that is as accurate and objective as possible. Terrorists are fighting not only a violent struggle, but also a battle of words. Targeted communication can counteract terrorist propaganda. Whereas the use of words that are not unique and precise may inadvertently confirm the terrorists’ propaganda,” Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen told us.
I’ll repeat once again what I have said so many times before: Denmark is the only sane country remaining in the West.
Hat tip: TB.