FBI Changes 'Allah' to 'God' in Orlando Shooter Transcript
As J.K. Rowling put it in her Harry Potter series, "fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself." The Dark Lord Voldemort even goes so far as to "hex" his name, so that anyone saying it would set off a spell, enabling evil forces to trace them and find their whereabouts.
Obama declared that "there's no magic to the phrase 'radical Islam.' It's a political talking point; it's not a strategy." But the only one treating the phrase as a magic word is the president himself -- unless explicitly refusing to use the phrase is itself a "strategy." Perhaps he intends to drive a wedge between the terrorists and other more peaceful proponents of Islam.
This is a good overall strategy, but the tactic is all wrong. Deleting ISIS from the transcript and saying "God" instead of "Allah" will not drive a wedge between peaceful Muslims and radical terrorists, but emphasize the faith by raising further questions. One can only hope that Obama isn't planning to link conservative Christians with heinous attacks like the one in Orlando, like the ACLU and this CNN contributor did.
As The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway pointed out, this is a key example of the "Streisand effect," by which "an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet."
If downplaying ISIS and its connection to Islam is your goal, "removing information that the public eventually has access to in Florida, and going on talk shows to announce that you've deleted countervailing information from the transcript" is not the way to achieve it, Hemingway added.
This is one of the many ways how Obama's presidency has given birth to Donald Trump's overblown crusade against political correctness. This liberal censoring of the truth has increased the demand for unabashed truth-telling, and Trump meets that demand by twisting the truth in a different way -- by overblowing statements, getting the press to cover him 24/7, and walking them back in order to become more palatable.
Before 2016, this strategy might have gotten you headlines. Now, it gets you the Republican presidential nomination. Thanks, Obama.