Islamology 101: Subtle distinctions in Middle East are things the West should realize

In order to protect themselves from overt criticism, Islamists devised the term “Islamophobia,” which persuades moderate people to avoid the term for fear it smacks of intolerance or paranoia.

May speculates that if only Stalin had come up with the term “Sovietophobia” or “Russophobia” it might have deterred or intimidated critics to shut up, rather than exposing the ideology for what it was.