Monday, August 14, 2006

A choice that has to be made

As everyone who hasn't been living under a rock since about 1999 knows, America is currently threatened by Islamist terrorists who want to destroy it. This is bad.

This has presented America with a choice: fight the terrorists and anybody who might be a terrorist, or attempt to placate them. This is also bad, because one choice involves war, and the other feels like giving up.

The parties in power have made their choice. They chose war, and the results are obvious: the number of people killed by terrorists has not decreased, and the Muslims world harbors ever more hate for us. This is really, really, really bad.

Since our first choice has backfired, only one rational option remains: to switch gears and make the second one: Pull our troops out of the Middle East (except, for the moment, Iraq, where some semblance of stability, and by stability I mean partition, must be established), leaving nothing for the Islamists to stir hate over but memories, which fade rapidly when they lead to death. Use our troops and intelligence agencies to guard our borders, preventing people and equipment associated with the residual organized hatred from coming in until it wears itself out.

That is the only way America will ever be secure, and the faster we do it, the faster security will return.


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