||[Mar. 22nd, 2015|01:53 pm]
All things are illusory, right? And names and titles mean nothing. So well done the BBC for adopting the highly philosophical usage, "So-called Islamic State"! I just wish they'd extend it to other institutions. |
So-called Tory/Labour party
So-called Royal family
So-called British Broadcasting Corporation.
So-called bloody everything!
So-called International Monetary Fund.
So-called European Union.
So-called United States of America...
This is fun, isn't it?
It would finally add some truth to journalism after a hundred years of dark Middle Ages.
It makes sense to use the phrase "self-described Islamic State" or "so-called Islamic State", because, while it IS Islamic, it's not actually a state. It WANTS to be a state; it's killing people in an attempt to take over land to become a state, but it's not a state.
I can call my house "The Island of Xiphias", but it's not going to surround my house with water. My house ISN'T an island, even if I call it one. I could start digging a trench around my house and filling it with water, and maybe I could turn my house into an island, but, until I managed to do so, I would be living in the "so-called Island of Xiphias," not "the Island of Xiphias."
If the so-called Islamic State actually succeeds in conquering the territory it's trying to conquer, THEN it would be more than merely "so-called".
So what does constitute a state? IS controls territory- and is applying its theories of government to them. What more does it take?
Primarily, being recognized as legitimate by other governments. Which is why the "so-called" construction is so important.
I thought it was because many moslems are of the opinion that IS are not Islamic.
Hence among moslems they are called "daeshe" which roughly translates to "arsehole".
That makes sense, too. So, in algebraic terms, it's SO-CALLED(ISLAMIC STATE), which expands to "so-called Islamic so-called State".
So, if the groups of people who I consider the "good guys" all either deny their Islam or their statehood or both, I've got no problem calling it the "sarcasm-quotes 'Islamic' sarcasm-quotes 'State'", but that's awkward enough that the BBC and NPR both abbreviate it to "so-called Islamic State" or "self-described Islamic State".
I'm comfortable with that.