Category Archives: fundamentalists

What’s in a Name?

France is on “high alert” due to threats from an Algerian terrorist group, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat. The International Herald Tribune has the story, by Katrin Bennhold, here.

French counterterrorism forces have stopped three plots by this group since June of 2005. The group is thought to be recruiting jihadists trained and battle hardened in the charnel house that is Iraq.

I had thought I would riff on this name, since it seemed a funny name, “Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat.” But really, the name chills me, because with a name like that you know these people have no capacity for mercy, or remorse, or second thoughts. “Preaching and Combat” — you also know their critical thought processes stopped at adoption of their religious ideology. Just too scary, even with a funny sounding name.