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Trump – Trudeau joint statements differ in definition of the Islamic State

Canada’s Prime Minister Office and the White House published on February 13, 2017 a joint statement following the meeting in Washington between President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Canadian and the American versions of this statement differ in the terminology used to define the common enemy in the Middle East.

Trudeau called the Islamic State “Daesh”(derogatory acronym for the Arabic phrase al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham) in accordance to his official policy that maintains that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam and that Muslims are the greatest victims of its actions.

In an interview (November 12, 2014) to the Islamic Alameen Post magazine, based in Surrey, BC Trudeau was quoted as saying the following:

In reference to the Ottawa shooting and statements given by the other two political leaders, especially when it comes to Canadian Muslims, he feels that they could have done a better job.

He [Trudeau] feels that in light of the 9/11 incidents and lessons learned from it, that any time such an incident does occur there has to be strong message needed to be sent to separate the muslims from the terrorist

Trudeau also argued that “Islam is not incompatible with the Western secular democracy, a free place like Canada,” emphasizing that “we need to make sure that we’re working with communities like the Muslim community for example to demonstrate that Islam is not incompatible with free and open Western societies.”

Stéphane Dion, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued on July 3, 2016 a statement in which he drew a clear distinction between ISIS which “demonstrates its complete disregard for human life” and Islam which is “a religion of peace that fosters the respect and promotion of human life.”

The following is an excerpt from the Canadian version of the joint statement:

The United States values Canada’s military contributions, including in the Global Coalition Against Daesh, and in Latvia. Together, we are harnessing all elements of national power to achieve the goal of degrading and destroying Daesh through our military operations to deny it safe havens and to build the capacity of local partners, stop the flow of foreign terrorist fighters into the Middle East region, cut off access to financing and funding, counter the Daesh narrative, and support the stabilization of communities liberated from Daesh.

Trump’s version of the joint statement called the Islamic State ISIS, meaning the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria:

The United States values Canada’s military contributions, including in the Global Coalition to Counter-ISIS and in Latvia. Together, we are harnessing all elements of national power to achieve the goal of degrading and destroying ISIS through our military operations to deny it safe havens and to build the capacity of local partners, stop the flow of foreign terrorist fighters into the Middle East region, cut off access to financing and funding, counter the ISIS narrative, and support the stabilization of communities liberated from ISIS.

The use of the term ISIS goes in line with Trump’s position which sees the Islamic terrorism as the one of the major challenges the US and the world are confronting in the 21st century. In his inaugural speech (January 20, 2017), Trump said the following: “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”

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6 comments

  1. al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham (Daesh)
    Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
    Both terms have “islam” in them, so what’s the difference?
    The first is the Arabic name once used by this entity and the second is its translation to English.
    Sham is a term that was sometimes translated as “Levant” as in the acronym ISIL often used in USA, and refers to a “Greater Syria” including Lebanon and more.
    The French government and media use “daesh” and Trudeau is following their lead.
    Derogatory? Daesh is one letter different from an arabic word “daes”, something trampled underfoot.
    Is the lack of an “I” in “daesh” the deciding factor? Who’s fooled by this flim-flam?
    The entity now calls itself Islamic State, perhaps recognizing that it also has franchises in North Africa, Bangladesh and the Philippines The BBC now uses “so-called Islamic State”

  2. Trudeau’s quotes from 2014 are interesting.

  3. The language of Islam is a negative dead language replete with violence, anger, hatred, and racism.It has failed to produce people with a spontaneous and positive outlook. It has produced negative people. If we take a look at Islamic societies, we see what that negative man did. I do not view Islam as a religion, according to my notion of religion, Islam is a political doctrine, which imposes itself by force. I came to the absolute conviction that it is impossible impossible… for any human being to read the biography of Mohammed and believe in it, and then emerge a psychologically and mentally healthy person.

  4. Canadians an idiots

    Justin Trudeau you’re a big failure and big loser!
    He is so loving and caring Muslims and then he will get the “boom” because the ISIS!

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