On September 11, 2001, Islamic supremacism launched its greatest attack against Amercian targets.
Since then, Osama bin Laden has been killed, al-Qaeda devastated, its Taliban allies toppled.
President Bush realized that al-Qaeda and its Taliban allies were not our only enemies in the Middle East. Saddam Hussein was a persistent threat - he was running off UN weapons inspectors for a reason - and Bush decided that this threat must be nipped in the bud. That task has been accomplished.
The war has yet to be taken to all our enemies. Hezbollah has been at war with us since its founding. The US has yet to make so much as a fender scratch, and many of our politicians complained when Israel fought back against Hezbollah attacks in 2006. We're allowed to seek victory over al-Qaeda, Israel isn't allowed to defeat even one of the many warring Islamic terror organizations.
Hezbollah is an Iranian proxy, thus we are in a state of war with Iran. The United States must defeat of the theocratic regime and gain friendly relations with its successor government
. Unless the mullahs step up their hostilities to drastic levels, we must seek this victory through a cold war. The Cold War brought a lot of American (and Soviet) meddling in that country, and it bred lots of resentment that continues to this day - even among those friendliest to the West. The solution to this problem must elevate those Western-friendly sorts to power, and we resist the urge to play band director and trust them to restructure their government.
Islamic supremacists believe that Mohammed promised global conquest to to his followers. If this stems from a faulty interpretation of the Koran, then Islamic scholars must step up to the plate and publicly explain why this is so. A key concern is Mohammed's long list of military dictates - scholars must explain logically (and not with Jacques Derrida deconstructionist sleight-of-hand) that those commands were intended to address existing wars, and contained no calls for future generations to fight future wars against the infidels.Update:
Randy Barnett reprints his September 18,2001 article
acknowledging the role of the militia on Flight 93.
Labels: History, Politics, War on Terror