Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dean Barnett...ID'ing the real threat

Major Mike

Dean Barnett solidly hits one over the wall on this critique of Barack Obama's five ways for America to lead...with him at the helm of course. As Barnett points out, it is a superficial assembly of cliches and rhetoric, but the home run comes with Dean's finish...

"Terrorism isn’t the enemy. Terrorism is just a tactic. Al Qaeda is merely one group that uses that tactic. Declaring war against terrorism and Al Qaeda has all along never made sense. It has always been the logical equivalent of declaring war against U-Boats. And U-Boat captains.

The enemy is radical Islam. And it is a larger and more dangerous enemy than virtually any domestic politician has yet given it credit for being."

What it takes for America to lead going forward is to acknowledge the true threat and to manage a simple display of will...the will to continue to engage evil when it threatens us, and to see that engagement through to an American victory...a victory of good over evil.

Many Americans are lacking at both recognizing the threat, and possessing the will to counter it. We won't be leading anyone in the world until we can do both.

1 comment:

Cassandra said...

Hi, Point taken, but I think there's a little more to it. The Naimisha Journal (Volume 2, Number 1, 2002) warns us that Jihad's principle tactical tool is terror sanctioned by religion ... it cannot be treated as ordinary war ... "terror struck into the hearts of the enemy is not only a means, it is the end in itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponent's heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved." and "The war he (the prphet Mohammed) planned and carried out was total to the infinite degree. It was waged on all fronts: internal and external, political and diplomatic, spiritual and psychological, economic and military." You can find links to Naimisha with info on Jihad from a Hindu perspective here: http://millennium-notes.blogspot.com/2007/04/e-pluribus-unum-all-of-them-together-ii.html
God bless, Cassandra.