No, the Daesh Bag of the Day award does not go to John Kerry. Nope, the award goes to the New Republic and any other news organization -- or conservative -- who falls for this trap.
Let me explain. From the New Republic:
World leaders have taken to calling ISIS “Daesh,” a word the Islamic State hates. Since the attacks in Paris, both John Kerry and François Hollande have used it. The Kurdish militants battling ISIS in Iraq already use the term regularly, though they risk losing their tongues by uttering it.
Daesh is an acronym. It stands for the Arabic name of the Islamic State: al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. When Jen Percy, a New Republic contributor, went to northern Iraq this year, the Assyrian Christians waging a war against ISIS were calling ISIS troops “Daesh.” In her article for our September issue, she called it “a pejorative term for ISIS in Arabic.”
Zeba Khan, writing for the Boston Globe, has explained why “Daesh” could be read as an insult: “Depending on how it is conjugated in Arabic, it can mean anything from ‘to trample down and crush’ to ‘a bigot who imposes his view on others.’”The argument by Kerry is juvenile and petty: You see? Do not call them Islamic State because that's what they want to be called, get it?
This is a lame attempt to get people to not call the Islamic State the Islamic State because liberals want to pretend that terrorists have hijacked Islam, which is a religion they revere, unlike Christianity.
You are taking Kerry's word that Daesh is an insult? Here is what he said on October 9, 2002: "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
And Kerry said this on January 23, 2003: "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real."