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President Obama’s Name Game

Today’s Impromptus is the usual grab-bag, with several items having to do with Obama, Israel, and Iran. Here is an e-mail from Jerusalem, which I found interesting:

Dear Mr. Nordlinger,

President Obama and his administration refuse to characterize ISIS as “Islamic.” But in pointed contrast with his predecessor, Obama refers to Iran as the “Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Perhaps our president regards that dictatorship as genuinely Islamic. I don’t know. But if you can call the mullahs’ regime Islamic — they stone girls to death for the “crime” of having been gang-raped — you should not be too bashful about calling ISIS “Islamic.”

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