Here’s a phrase that’s not coming your way soon from mainstream media

“Going Muslim”

“Going postal” is a piquant American phrase that describes the phenomenon of violent rage in which a worker–archetypically a postal worker–“snaps” and guns down his colleagues.

As the enormity of the actions of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan sinks in, we must ask whether we are confronting a new phenomenon of violent rage, one we might dub–disconcertingly–“Going Muslim.” This phrase would describe the turn of events where a seemingly integrated Muslim-American–a friendly donut vendor in New York, say, or an officer in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood–discards his apparent integration into American society and elects to vindicate his religion in an act of messianic violence against his fellow Americans. This would appear to be what happened in the case of Maj. Hasan.

Reuters and the Times still refer to terrorists as freedom fighters so I’m not holding my breath on them adopting this term. But we can.


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5 responses to “Here’s a phrase that’s not coming your way soon from mainstream media

  1. The Duke of Deceptiom

    Going Fountain?

  2. Anonymous

    I wonder what ” freedom ” they are referring to with ” freedom fighter”

    freedom to hide your face and body under threat of beating ?
    freedom to be holed up in a house forever under threat of an honor killing?
    freedom to die in the street because all your male relatives died and you are not allowed to work?
    freedom to die of your illness because you are not allowed to see a male Dr. nor be a female Dr.?


  3. HG

    Presumably the CIA agents and other Western operatives who are taking the most risks are Muslim, or at least native speakers of Arabic. The bad guys do their work in the open, Muslim American heroes are doing their work in secret.

  4. '73Refugee

    Freedom to kill Americans, Jews, Christians, infidel Muslims; well, just about anybody who’s not a fellow Wahhabi.

  5. Mazama

    I believe the technical term is SJS: Sudden Jihad Syndrome.