In his column today, Charles Krauthammer makes an important point on whether or not the war in
It is an issue of time frame. The bombing of the Japanese home islands may have increased short-term recruiting for the kamikazes. But success in the Pacific war put a definitive end to the whole affair.
This is a key distinction that is lost on the Left. Fighting an enemy may get them increasingly angry, but once you defeat them it's immaterial. It should go without saying that 9/11 took place before the Iraq War, so al Qaeda obviously had no shortage of grievances with the
One may still respond that yes, there may have been Islamic fundamentalists prior to the Iraq War, but that doesn't change the fact that the Iraq War has made it easier for terrorists to recruit new ones. Talking about jihad against the
For the sake of discussion, let's say that the Iraq War did allow terrorist groups to win over more "swing jihadists," thus increasing the quantity of terrorists and/or the fervor with which they carry out attacks. What would have happened if we never invaded? What if, instead of invading
It would be difficult to argue that we could have fought terrorism at all had we not gone into
And let us not forget that while a hardened terrorist with a suicidal outlook may be willing to fight us until the bitter end, the average "swing jihadist" wants to know that they are fighting for a winning cause. There's no better way to send them the message that the terrorist team is winning than than for the
To quote bin Laden in 1998:
So, when they left
Afghanistan, they went to Somalia and prepared themselves carefully for a long war. They had thought that the Americans were like the Russians, so they trained and prepared. They were stunned when they discovered how low was the morale of the American soldier. America had entered with 30,000 soldiers in addition to thousands of soldiers from different countries in the world. … As I said, our boys were shocked by the low morale of the American soldier and they realized that the American soldier was just a paper tiger. He was unable to endure the strikes that were dealt to his army, so he fled, and America had to stop all its bragging and all that noise it was making in the press after the Gulf War…
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