I found an interesting blog that showed the frequency of words used by President Obama in his speech in Cairo. However, when I copied the text of Obama’s speech and counted each word using Microsoft Word I found the data was incorrect so I created my own graph adding other words which I thought were relevant.
Look at the chart below:
It is interesting to see how few times (zero) Obama mentioned “terrorism” although one could argue “extremists” could have been used instead (they are not the same for one can be an “extremist” without comitting “terrorism”). I find it highly ironic that, in making an important speech in and about the Middle East “terrorism” is not mentioned once (not like they don’t know what it is).
Anyway, the Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about what words Obama didn’t use. Of “terrorism” they say this:
But he avoided using the words that have come to be associated with that violence, at least in the U.S. Why? Likely because terrorism has become a loaded term in the Middle East, where one person’s terrorist is seen as another person’s freedom fighter. It appears Mr. Obama chose to describe the method rather than use the word.
If not obvious to Obama it should be clear to everybody else that “Middle East,” “Islam,” and “terrorism” go together nowadays like “B,” “L,” and “T” and failing to say the word will not change reality.