Anytime we have heard President Obama, or anyone in his Administration, speaking about ISIS, they always refer to them as ISIL.
ISIS is short for The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. But, everyone from the President on down always refers to the radical Islamic terrorist organization as ISIL – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
So why the difference? What is really going on here? And, what kind of message is Obama attempting to send and to whom is he sending it?
Rush Limbaugh explains the shocking reason for Obama’s subtle difference in naming his “JV team”:
I think most people are wondering, “What is this ISIL? Why does he keep calling it ISIL? It’s ISIS.” They’re not saying, “Well, that’s because ISIS he can pin to Bush, but ISIL he can’t, so he doesn’t want to –” I just don’t think that anybody in the Regime even thinks that people are going to think in these terms. I think there’s a totally different reason for this. And I don’t know how to say it. (laughing) (interruption) Well, it does. Snerdley is asking me, “Doesn’t it have something to do with Israel?” Yes, because the Levant is the entire region.
ISIS stands for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, or Iraq and Syria, that’s the I-S, and ISIL, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant includes more than Iraq and Syria. It would include Israel, which, to these people, Israel is a fraud. Israel doesn’t deserve to be there. That’s all Palestine and that’s what I think is behind the pronunciation, this insistence that it be called ISIL. He’s the only one that does it. I mean, others in the Regime do. Even the media calls it ISIS, but he sticks with ISIL.
Oh, and, by the way, just to reiterate something: ISIS versus ISIL. The Levant, includes Israel, includes much of the eastern Mediterranean shoreline. By using the term “ISIL,” it is meant to delegitimize Israel. It is meant to include Israel in the Levant, which would make it Palestine. I’m telling you, there’s a reason Obama does this, and his audience is not us.
Rush is right, of course.
This is a deliberate snub against Israel. By referring to the region of the “Levant”, Obama is intentionally not acknowledging Israel’s real existence in the region as well as its historic right to exist.
This is what the Muslim world does – they teach lies about Israel and its homeland.
But, why is Obama being so petty? Does he hate Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu so much that he plays this childish “name-calling” game?
Rush points to a far more sinister reason at the heart of Obama’s willful mischaracterization:
I think he’s got a different audience for the term. I don’t think he’s talking to the American people. I think he’s talking to Iran. We just heard Walid Phares say that Obama’s linkage here is not to oppose ISIL because Iran supports ISIL, and it’s all to do with the sectarian violence between the Sunnis and the Shi’ites and the fact that Iran capitalizes on the sectarian violence, does not want it solved because they hope to end up controlling the entire Levant — uh, sorry — region. Didn’t mean to say that.
I looked it up. “ISIL” has been the official United States government-designation of the group since May of 2014. Now, I originally found that it was an Obama executive order mandating that the official name of ISIS be ISIL, back in May of 2014. Then I found something that contradicted that from the State Department. It seems that the State Department has amended the Obama executive order. I didn’t have much time to read it, and it’s in that legal government-ese that they write in.
It doesn’t matter who did it. The point is that according to the government, the group’s official government-designated name since May of 2014 is “ISIL.” Now Jean-Francois Kerry, our secretary of state, called them Daesh. They have a third name, Daesh, and he does that to sound more like the French. That is what the French call it. But the bottom line is, it’s ISIS.
This slavish loyalty to Iran seems to permeate much of what Obama is doing right now. Maybe it’s Iranian-born , Obama close adviser – Valerie Jarrett’s doing. Or, maybe it’s Obama’s future ambitions to become some kind of broader world leader with the Muslim world’s support.
But whatever the case, He just can’t bring himself to say, “ISIS.” And he has used the power of his office to issue an executive order forcing all of the “talking heads” in his Administration to follow his lead in the deception.
About Russ Hepler
Russ Hepler is a pastor, teacher, political activist, author and conference speaker with over 30 years’ experience. He holds a B.A. from Messiah College and an M.A.R. from Evangelical School of Theology. He has been an issues’ advocate, a campaign volunteer for local, state, and federal candidates, Regional Field Director for PA Christian Coalition and president of a county chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. His first book – Yes! We Can Turn This Nation Around! A Practical Guide for Christian Political Involvement – was published in 2012. He and his wife, Sherry, have founded Transformation 1202 Ministries to educate, encourage, and challenge people of faith to get involved in the political and cultural issues of our day.