Why We Can Lose to the Islamists
I’ve written quite a bit on the non-violent tactics of the Islamists. That’s the major theme of my blog. And these non-violent tactics have yet to be addressed in this conflict between the Islamists and the free non-Muslim world.
Though the war on terror as a name for this conflict is slowly being discredited, there is little to replace it. Though politicians, MSM analysts and media have agreed that we now face a fascist ideology held and promoted by what we call terrorists, they seem unable to say what the actual tactics are of those who hold that ideology beyond calling them terrorists. Thus, with their circular logic, they arrive back to square one. We must do something to end terrorism. When that happens, out marches the right and left solutions to the problem, all of which have done little to reduce that actual advance of the ideology throughout world.
The result is that the non-Muslim world finds itself impotent or even unaware of the threat to its civilization, morals, values and beliefs.
Daniel Pipes writing recently in The Sun describes how the non-Muslim world can lose this clash of civilizations.
On the face of it, the West's military predominance makes victory seem inevitable. Even if
Pipes exposes what those three fatal bugs are - pacifism, self-hatred, and complacency.
- Pacifism: Among the educated, the conviction has taken hold that "there is no military solution"to current problems, a mantra applied to
Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, , the Kurds, terrorism, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. But this pragmatic pacifism overlooks the fact that modern history abounds with military solutions. What were the defeats of the Axis, Afghanistan Americain Vietnam, or the Soviet Union in if not military solutions? Afghanistan
- Self-hatred: Significant elements in several Western countries — especially
America, Britain, and — believe their own governments to be repositories of evil and see terrorism as just punishment for past sins. This "we have met the enemy and he is us" attitude replaces an effective response with appeasement, including a readiness to give up traditions and achievements. Osama bin Laden celebrates by name such leftists as Robert Fisk and William Blum. Self-hating Westerners have an outsize importance due to their prominent role as shapers of opinion in universities, the press, religious institutions, and the arts. They serve as the Islamists' auxiliary mujahedeen. Israel
- Complacency: The absence of an impressive Islamist military machine gives many Westerners, especially on the left, a feeling of disdain. Whereas conventional war — men in uniform; ships, tanks, and planes; and battles for land and resources — is simple to comprehend, the asymmetric war with radical Islam is elusive. Box cutters and suicide belts make it difficult to perceive this enemy as a worthy opponent. Senator Kerry and too many others dismiss terrorism as a mere "nuisance."
These three ‘bugs’ as Pipes call them are fertile ground for the gathering storm of intimidation, infiltration and disinformation that is the softening–up process as prelude to the coming war.