Since the beginning of the Islamic Terror age and especially since the attacks of 9.11 there has been a huge debate in the West on how best to win the war and deliver safety and security to our people. On the one side, the majority, are those who view the matter as a political question to be resolved through negotiated settlements on contentious issues combined with a law-enforcement approach to stem the worst of the terrorist backlash until those issues are resolved. On the other side, the Bush minority, the matter is viewed as a question of war, but a limited one designed to inject into the terrorist-supporting polity a dose of liberty and democracy that will, over time, open up enough space to allow an alternative vision of Islamic development which addresses Muslim grievances to develop.
And, a tiny minority, but growing, and heretofore almost completely shut out of the debate is the American Jacksonians whose view it is that ruthless, pitiless war must be waged until the Muslim ummah loses the will to fight. After that, we can talk.
Read his entire post. At the end of that post he talks about the butcher's bill that he fears will come due. Many of us, certainly those of us who look at the long slide into World War Two as a template for today's madness, share his fear that the butcher's bill just keeps growing as too many wish for September 10th to return.
At the End of World War Two, with Japan's cities bombed to rubble, her merchant and naval fleets sunk, her garrisons scattered and isolated, and Hiroshima and Nagasaki reduced by atomic bombs -- faced with all that the Emperor finally recorded a surrender tape. That night a group of officers attempted a coup, breaking into the palace and searching for that tape so they could destroy it and prolong the war. Such is fanatasim left unchecked.
Sometimes, trying to reduce Salafism to a human scale, I imagine bearded men and boys wandering up and down my street with AK-47s and the will to use them. How silent would I fall?
Regardless of how long, and how bloody this struggle is, the end will come when the consequences of allowing those armed men to swagger in the streets is much, much worse than the bullets in their guns. Do we want to pull a few weeds, or poison an entire field to rid ourselves of them? I am not optimistic.