How we lose

An important article by Herbert London, president of the Hudson Institute, and Linden Blue, the director of the Institute. They write about the denial of many that we are in anything like an existential conflict, and how our institutions are used against us in this war. Further, they address the fact that jihadists want to destroy us & point out the flawed reasoning of our allies and many Americans who think appeasement of Islamists is a workable stratagem. Lastly, they write about the consequence of failure.

How we lose – Commentary – The Washington Times

President Bush asserts forcefully that the United States will prevail in the war against radical Islamists. He may be right. We pray he is right. However, it is also important to understand the strength of the forces arrayed against us. There are at least five reasons why we may lose the war against radical Islam — which is in fact, a war for the Free World as we know it.

• First, the extraordinary advances in military technology we command are not necessarily advantages in an insurgency struggle. …

• Second, the United States is far more vulnerable to asymmetric warfare than are our enemies. …

• Third, the enemy has more discretionary funding than we do. …

• Fourth, radical Islam has instilled fear in the West and among moderate Muslims, which is manifested in the effort at appeasement. …

• Fifth, arguably the most significant point, is that Islamists are united, notwithstanding the well-publicized differences between Sunnis and Shi’ites. …

… Most significantly, losing means we will have defeated ourselves by refusing to recognize the enemy, his purpose and his serious advantages that put the outcome of this struggle in doubt.

Bernard Lewis has said, “Either we bring them freedom, or they destroy us.” With more effective weapons than we have, more discretionary money, more advantages in asymmetric warfare, the power and will to strike fear in the hearts of those who do not comply and a seriously divided Free World, radical Islamists pose perhaps the most serious threat our civilization has known.

It is a long, hard slog to maintain liberty and freedom. It has been that way since 1776. We owe a debt to those who have carried the struggle for liberty and an obligation to ourselves and our posterity to carry it on again. …[Read more]


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Posted on October 30, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. “An important article by Herbert London”

    There are far more “important” things to discuss than this article… it seems Herb is just jumping on the bandwagon to pick a fight… what Islamists is he talking about? Cmon… I’m sick of these people using the generalized and ambiguous terms to scare the begeezes out of you people so that Islam becomes the next Communism! Every time the write these “important” articles they lose credibility in the real world of scholasticism and intellectuals.

    Let me ask you if Islam is such a threat… why is the U.S. and France selling Saudi Arabia arms and Aircraft! Does that mean that these countries are co-conspirators in their own destruction… please!

    wasalaam

    wasalaam

  2. It’s not about Islam per se, it’s about jihadists. Abu, you know that the first victims & targets of jihadists are Muslims. Look at Egypt’s civil war against the jihadists where 100,000s died, then try and convince me jihadists are not the plague of the 21st century.

    Answer me this: Are you OK with Ahmadinejad having nukes? Yes, Ahmadinejad’s form of Islamism is the next Communism!

    Jihadists are fighting all over the world, as is places like Algeria, Assam, Kashmir, Israel, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Afganistán, to name a few.

    Lastly, which of these Islamic Para-Military Groups do you think people ought not to worry about?

    Al-Qaida

    Europe

    Islamic Great Eastern Raiders Front
    Turkish Hizbullah

    Middle East

    Al-Mahdi Army / Al-Sadr Group
    Aden-Abyan Islamic Army
    Ansar Al Islam
    Asbat al-Ansar
    Hamas
    Hizballah
    Islamic Task Organization
    Al-Jihad
    Palestine Islamic Jihad
    Al-Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula
    al-Shabab al-Moumineen
    Saudi Hezbollah
    Supreme Council For Islamic Revolution In Iraq

    Southeast Asia

    Abu Sayyaf Group
    Gerakan Mujahideen Islam Pattani (GMP)
    Moro Islamic Liberation Front

    Central and South Asia

    Ahl-e-Hadees
    Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HUM)
    Hizb-i-Islami
    Hizb ut-Tahir al-Islami
    Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
    Jaish-e-Mohammed
    Jamaat ul-Fuqra
    Lashkar-e-Tayyiba
    Taleban
    United Jihad Council

    Africa

    Al Sunna Wal Jamma
    Armed Islamic Group (GIA)
    Fighting Islamic Group
    Eritrean Islamic Jihad Movement
    al-Gama’at al-Islamiyya
    Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat

    Source:  http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/para-islamic.htm

  3. “It’s not about Islam per se, it’s about jihadists. Abu, you know that the first victims & targets of jihadists are Muslims.”

    LDSP… I understand what you are saying I do… however, there is a gap as wide as the Nile between what you are saying (or trying to say) and what is the case. Just as in the past (WWI) American Intelligence is not that keen on foreign culture. And so like Churchill’s Britain the U.S. and people of the U.S. a trying understand by compartmentalizing and analysis. For a Muslim and Arabic speaking person… there is a lot to be explained, far too much it seems. Please take a look at this article where scholars Streusand and El-Fadl explain some of these barriers.

    As for you question,

    “Are you OK with Ahmadinejad having nukes?”

    I’m not OK with anyone having nukes… if the U.S. or Israel use them on the Middle East my family dies… if Iran or Syria use them on the U.S. or Israel my family dies… I personally do not win from any of these possible threats. Now in Ahmadinejad defense, he has said time and time again that his efforts in nuclear science is for the purpose of fuel and energy development. That I believe… I also believe that the U.S. will do anything it can to prevent the Middle East from gaining more power in the industry of fuel and energy… I am more afraid of this than Ahmadinejad… much more.

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