4 Mar 2011
While perhaps technically accurate, the argument that "radical jihadism is not a clinical condition" is nonetheless specious.
The psychiatric profession offers an official clinical diagnosis of "Oppositional Defiant Disorder" for young people with a pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior toward authority. Demonstrably, then, they should have no difficulty naming a disorder that encompasses the aberrant, antisocial patterns common to jihadists. What is lacking is not the reality of the disorder, but the courage and the will to name it.
The Quran repeatedly commands the faithful to slaughter infidels (non-Muslims). Muslims are told they face burning in hell if they disobey Allah. I cannot think how Xenakis and Welner would consider it logical to dismiss this as not a coercive call to criminal activity.
Do they themselves not find criminal the idea of sadistically beheading those who embrace a different religion from one's own?
Tiptoeing around these facts is Political Correctness run dangerously amok.