Saturday, April 17, 2004


Chuck Colson has this very reasonable warning:

"We Westerners forget history. We forget that from the time Muhammad began writing the Qur'ÿn in 610 A.D., Islam and the Christian West were engaged in armed conflicts that lasted for a thousand years. Islam even occupied Spain during much of this period, and it wasn't until 1683 that the Ottoman Empire was finally defeated at Vienna.

We see what is happening today as an isolated case of terrorists taking a misguided reading of the Qur'ÿn. I wish it were that simple. The truth is there's an element in Islam-some estimate as high as 20 percent-who see this battle as a resumption of the thousand years of war. In fact, Osama bin Laden was a student of Mohammed Qutab whose brother, Saeb Qutab, a radical Egyptian Islamist, argued for a resumption of this conflict with the West. Saeb Qutab was thoroughly anti-Semitic, had a burning hatred of the West, and saw its destruction as the world's only hope. And that's what filled the mind of Osama bin Laden.

We're kidding ourselves if we think that containing a few terrorists will allow America to live in peace and safety. We're kidding ourselves if we think we can bring troops home from Iraq and that's the end of the war. This war is going to be with us for generations. Millions of followers of Osama bin Laden and those like him believe that it is their manifest destiny as Muslims to bring about the utter destruction of Jews, Christians, and Western civilization."

What Colson does not mention is that we could end the war with Islam in a couple of months if we chose to. Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, GWB announced a doctrine of community responsibility: Not only the terrorists themselves but the communities that supported them would be held responsible for their deeds. It was that doctrine that took the USA into Afghanistan. It would therefore be a simple implementation of that doctrine to start heavy bombing of communities -- such as Fallujah, Tikrit and Qom -- which supported terrorists. Once the members of such communities got it into their heads that terrorist attacks would be very likely to lead to THEIR deaths, the whole situation would turn around very rapidly. Israel could then do the same with heavy bombing of Gaza, Jenin etc.


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