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May 10, 2010

It Will End with Guns and Fire

This is a long twilight war, the struggle against radical Islamism.
We can't wish it away. No strategy of winning "hearts and minds," no great outreach, will bring this struggle to an end. America can't conciliate these furies. These men of nowhere—Faisal Shahzad, Nidal Malik Hasan, the American-born renegade cleric Anwar Awlaki now holed up in Yemen and their likes—are a deadly breed of combatants in this new kind of war. Modernity both attracts and unsettles them. America is at once the object of their dreams and the scapegoat onto which they project their deepest malignancies. -- Fouad Ajami: Islam's Nowhere Men - WSJ.com

Posted by Vanderleun at May 10, 2010 3:01 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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We are in Kipling's World - or Caesar's World. It is the same thing, really. States, failing states, chaotic areas, non-state groups, tribes.*

The only difference is the power of the weapon. Gladius, SMLE, Hellfire.

Thermonuclear bomb.

*It is really entertaining how Woodrow Wilson's World falls apart every time it runs into Kipling's World. 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly?' has nothing to say that Atilla the Hun or Julius Caesar would care about beyong 'how can I use these idiots for my benefit?'

Really - now that I think about it - it is Woodrow Wilson versus Rudyard Kipling.

My money is on the author of 'Riki Tiki Tavi'.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at May 11, 2010 5:45 PM

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