I don't think Per was discussing the "semiotics" of the word, just defining it. However he was being a little controversial by using the origin of the word as its definition, I think the more accepted modern usage would be - a holy war undertaken by Muslims against unbelievers. Which is only fair really when one considers the Crusades.
PS wholeheartedly agree with Dave, in fact, its a relatively normal depiction of how things are here in Europe, not conspiratorial at all, well not alot.
Also... I dont think there is anything wrong with "talking politics" in this forum. The internet is still un-owned here in the Northern hemisphere, unlike all of the US News channels. How are you'all gonna find out the truth about where you live unless we (and Micheal Moore ) tell you.
(heh heh... kidding LD'ers are in touch )
Also Music has often been the channel for furthering a Political cause. Maybe you or "Loop for the left"..."Loop for Jesus" Or even "Loop for Love"
On Sat, Aug 2, 2008 at 1:47 PM, Warren Sirota <email@example.com>
Per, I disagree with you on the semiotics of jihad, but that path just
leads to political arguments better held elsewhere. there are endless
places on the web to "discuss" things like this.
In regards to this laptop inspection thing - i don't know if it's
related to this story, but there was a story circulating on the tech
podcasts a month or two ago about inspectors confiscating laptops with
allegedly pirated music files on them. and, since the customs
authorities (and, indeed, almost everyone) has no way to tell which
files might be pirated and which not, they were confiscating laptops
with *any* music on it. i don't know how true this is, but i would
think twice before taking my laptop into or out of the US.