The War on Terror: why haven’t we won it yet?
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It is hard to escape the conclusion that the war on terror, to use its popular designation, became a war on Islam. The West was and is still not fighting to eradicate terrorism. Terrorism is just a tool. It is fighting to defeat an ideology. And given the global supremacy of the Western media, the net effect has been a distorted picture of Islam.
There is one compelling truth to what the Saudis wrote: terrorism is a tool the Islamists employ to defeat our ideology, which is expressed in the freedoms preserved by the Constitution. The truth about Islam is that its core beliefs — its ideology — compel violence against non-believers. It is time for our leaders to say that and to pose the choice for its believers between the freedoms we defend and the slavery they preach. It is much cheaper for the Saudis to preach than it is for us to attack what they say. Oil is their insurance policy. It is in our power to invalidate that insurance, but our politicians don’t have the fortitude to do it.
We cannot defeat the Islamist ideology by pretending Islam is a religion of peace. That way is the way of the appeaser. Those such as Obama who counsel compromise with Islamic ideology follow in the footsteps of Neville Chamberlain, not Thomas Jefferson.
Did we defeat communism by saying it wasn’t the problem but that the KGB and the Soviet army were?
Sun Tzu wrote that it is of supreme importance in war to attack the enemy’s strategy. The enemy’s strategy is — by subornation, propaganda, and violence — to establish an Islamic caliphate across the globe. Terrorism is only one of the tactics it uses. When Ronald Reagan denounced the Soviet Union as an “evil empire” he was not only speaking the truth, he was — as he well understood — fighting an ideological war. To defeat the Islamist ideology, we have to attack it head-on. It is just as evil, as oppressive, and just as hegemonistic as communism.
If we are to remain free, we cannot accept the continuation of the terror sponsors’ war against us as some “new normal.” This is not a Clausewitzian war in which massed armies fight on the poppy fields of Europe. It is something else, something just as dangerous to our future.
America wants, needs — and, yes, is entitled to — a return to the “old normal.” To get it back we have to fight this war — ideologically and kinetically — in a manner calculated to win it decisively. As long as the enemy and its ideology remain undefeated, that cannot occur.
We face two futures. One is the goal of the Islamists in which America is no longer free and its ability to defend its freedoms. The other is a world in which nations no longer sponsor terrorism against us and Islamic fascism is sent to the ash heap of history. The results of next year’s presidential election may be the last chance we have to make the choice. Quo vadis, America?
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H/T to National Review Online