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Andrew W.

Mrs. Thomas
UWRT 1101
5 December 2014
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum
This is a topic I chose to dissect due to the current events going on in the Middle East, but
ultimately worldwide. With so many Muslims in America, and Terrorists on the news, I wanted
to separate good Muslims from the terrorists for the less informed. However, I wanted to share
how important this issue actually is, and how it affects us here in the States. My classmate,
Hamad, is a Muslim and actually helped me quite a bit with this paper in separating fact from
fiction, and to make sure I spoke properly about a controversial topic.

Genre Analysis of Radical Islam in America

It is said that Muslims are good people, peacefully practicing the religion of Islam and
inherently serving Allah and his wishes. This is true for the vast majority of the Muslim world.
On the contrary, there is a sect of Muslims that are not peaceful people, and have dedicated their
lives to the destruction of Western civilization. We call them radical Islamists. The Oracle of
the United Nations intelligence team has said that out of the 1.2 billion people in the world today,
up to 25% of them are radicals. That is 300 million people. That's the same as the entire
population of the U.S. and they're not just in the middle east. Renounced from the terrorists of
Al Quaeda for being too violent, they now call themselves ISIS. Short-hand for Islamic State of

Iraq and Syria. They're in every Country, every town, every city, laying dormant until it is their
time to strike. Some of these radicals have already made their mark on American history by
carrying out terrorist attacks, but the current White House administration refuses to call a duck a
The T-Shirt

My visual is a black T-Shirt. I found it utilizing a Google search, and it is sold by a

generic T-Shirt company targeting pro radical Islamic people. Solid black with white print, It
boldly displays the acronym ISIS at the top, and underneath is the expanded version, but in
smaller letters, reading Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. These words are underlined with a
sword. This whole worded description is encompassed by the profile view of twin AK-47 assault
rifles, magazine facing inwards, muzzles pointed up on either sids. Underneath the Sword is a
basic world map. This can subconsciously or consciously make one believe that ISIS is vastly
worldwide. Underneath the world map, in Arabic, it reads "Islamic State of Iraq and Sham."
The use of two languages on this shirt is devised in an attempt to connect people of the English
and Arabic language, reinforcing the idea that ISIS is a global threat. The assault weapons and
swords that surround the title ISIS and the map of the world indicate a violent, military based
group. The man wearing the shirt looks to be a white, American male, or to be synonymous with
the white British ISIS member that recently beheaded James Foley, as well as two other
American journalists. This furthers the belief that ISIS is indeed active here in America, as most
ISIS members and radical Islamists are thought to be of middle eastern decent, and the American
media pretends they're quarantined inside of a country a long ways away.
The infamous tweet:

This is a tweet from @Sunna_rev, a pro-ISIS twitter handle. The twitter account depicts the
Black ISIS flag with white Arabic writing, flying in a field by itself. The tweet starts with
#AmessagefromISIStoUS. The author and intended audience could not be more obvious, the US
being the American public, and It was formatted as such to not cast any doubt. Underneath the
hash tag, it says:
We are in your state
We are in your cities
We are in your streets.
@Sunna_rev heavily uses repetition heavily, saying "We are in your" in every sentence. It gives
the message in a whimsical, singsong appeal. In the three lines of text, I picture Google satellite
imagery. He begins at saying ISIS is in your state, then narrows that to cities, and then to streets.
This insinuates to the audience that their next door neighbor may be one of these little bastards
devoted to the decimation of Western Civilization.
Genre analysis on a popular newspaper article:
This is an article published 03 October 2014 by the Army Times. The Army Times is a
newspaper; although not affiliated with the military or Department of Defense, they report solely
on the US Army. They issued this article as a warning to service members and their families to
warn against radical muslims after the terrorist group ISIS tweeted to their American followers
requesting them to utilize social media to locate and then slaughter US service members and

their families. I felt this was an important article because with the Army Times reporting on this
issue, it is no longer just fear mongering propaganda rhetoric, but real. Right next door.
I enjoy reading the differences of an article written for soldiers and one for college
students. It's apparent who their target audience is based on the lack of pretentious verbiage and
formatting. After a couple short sentences defining the situation, the author then breaks things
down into bullet points. Excellent way to format an article for a soldier who is trained to
recognize the problem and solve the problem in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Genre analysis of an academic article:
The Clarion Project is a New York based, non-profit organization that has dedicated itself
to voicing true, unbiased information on the Muslim population in America, with a strong
emphasis on radical Muslims. In their articles they feature experts like Dr. Tawfik Hamid, an
Islamic thinker and reformer, and was at one time an Islamic extremist. Also in the list of
experts are other people represented by doctorate degrees, and men like Frank J. Gaffney, Jr, who
is the Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy and President of
the Center for Security Policy. I felt with the long list of academics, it was a valid group and
The article I chose is titled MOA (Muslims of America) It goes on to alert the reader
about the founding of the MOA in 1980 in Hancock, NY, and a few of its leaders. Mauro, the
author, uses direct quotes to achieve a professional appeal like "The Department of Homeland
Security says MOA is linked to Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani militant group led by Gilani. In
1998, the State Department said ul-Fuqra is an Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through

violence." He also speaks of the actual threat here in America by directly quoting a secret
Canadian intelligence report speaking directly about al-Fuqra as a militant Sufi sect that
believes there is a Satanic Zionist conspiracy to destroy Islam and that the Fuqra is Gods
chosen instrument to defeat the enemies of Islam.
I believe that with direct quotes from secret Canadian intelligence reports and experts on
the situation, he credits the Clarion project with useful, unbiased information. His intended
audience for the article is anyone who realizes the inconsistency and lack of truth in the
mainstream media, and is in pursuit of true information.
In Closing
After reviewing the following items, whether a T-Shirt or academic article, I am able to
realize the differences in genre that allows it to be aimed at a specific target audience. I am also
able to realize the purpose of certain details that may be intended for subconscious
communication through colors, contrast, and context. I will continue to recognize these things
in every-day news and advertisements, and stay wary of the terrorist next door.