Great word, which Wikipedia uses as follows: "Islamofascism is a neologism and political epithet used to induce an association of the ideological or operational characteristics of certain modern Islamist movements with European fascist movements of the early 20th century, neofascist movements, or totalitarianism." Yes, I know the Islamic world did not invent fascism and that Eurofascism came first, but that's the whole point. Think of Mussolini. First fascists seem like clowns; then they're someone else's problem; then you're wondering where they got such nice missles. Interesting historical analogy. Pundits are starting to catch on.
Thomas Sowell thinks we are at a "Point of No Return," noting that international terrorist organizations will, at some point, have nuclear weapons and that "suicide bombers cannot be deterred." Noting the poverty and economic frustration in much of the Islamic Middle East, he notes, "Hitler was able to rouse similar resentments and fanaticism in Germany under conditions not nearly as dire as those in most Middle East countries today."
John O'Sullivan writes about "The Next Last War," which suggests we have just seen the first Iranian-Israeli war but not the last, and that Israel is not in a position to lose twice. This pairing does help explain this story about Israeli nuclear submarines (termed "nuclear-capable submarines" in the article), as well as escalating Iranian rhetoric of late.
And there's an entire article at NPR (hardly a conservative outlet) on the sudden prominence of the term "Islamofascism," quoting Fouad Adjami (who has been an objective commentator on the Middle East for decades) as follows:
I know people think it's offensive, but what's the offense here? There are people waiting to be offended. They want to be offended, they're eager to be offended.
What has caused this evident shift, where some in the media are suddenly willing to see this as a real threat, a military threat, not just someone else's problem, and give it a name? Let's see, was it the averted London planes bombing plot? Was it 4000 rockets sent in the general and non-specifically targeted direction of Israeli civilians? Was it the continuing and gripping series of articles at the Christian Science Monitor by Jill Carroll about her recent ordeal as a hostage? Or maybe it was a million people that had to dump out shampoo, toothpaste, and bottled water last week in airports across the country.
Funny that shampoo and toothpaste might be the straw that broke the camel's back. Did I say funny? At some point, it's just not funny anymore. One result of these relentless recent events seems to be an evaporating pool of public sympathy for those who in any way support or themselves sympathize with the Islamoperps. And just wait until they take down another airplane! Election rhetoric on this issue, probably veiled but there if you look for it, is going to get interesting.