'Isis' has been removed from the official list of names of future hurricanes as it was now deemed inappropriate because of the eponymous militant group, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday.
As the name of an ancient goddess of Egypt, Isis had been on the WMO list of names for hurricanes in the eastern North Pacific in 2016, WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis said.
But ISIS is also used to describe the Islamic State militant group, whose forces have captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria and which stands accused by U.N. war crimes investigators of committing brutal atrocities against civilians.
Why let a gaggle of thugs have a perfectly good name? The only reason Daesh (ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah fīl-ʿIrāq wash-Shām), aka the Islamic State, has ever been referred to as "Isis" is because some western reporters thought it sounded cool and were too lazy to learn to pronounce the real name. The gang is not, nor has it ever been, "Isis."
Ditto ISIL. That's been the International Society for Individual Liberty for decades. "The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant" doesn't rate to take over a perfectly respectable acronym.