In the West's secular stupidity, we mistakenly believe we can call this war by another name, fight it with ineffective weapons and still win. We arrest those we catch, send them to American prisons (and release them from Gitmo), and give them free lawyers who advise them to remain quiet, thus depriving us of information that might dismantle terror cells and help prevent future attacks.
A new Rasmussen Poll shows a majority of Americans think this war should be fought in a different way. According to the poll, 58 percent of U.S. voters believe Abdul Mutallab should be subjected to waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques in order to obtain useful information.
Instead, we spend gobs of money on body scanners and TSA screeners who pat down innocent travelers and search their bags. Instead, or in addition, we should become more proactive.
During World War II, we did not establish schools of Nazi studies at American universities. Neither did we seek to understand Japan's Shinto religion, which elevated Emperor Hirohito to the level of a god. We cared nothing about any of that. We carpet-bombed German cities and dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan. President Truman, a Democrat, was cut from different cloth than today's Democrats. Truman's goal (and that of his Democratic predecessor, Franklin Roosevelt) was total victory.
We will not win this war with the current strategy of Eid stamps, Ramadan observances in the White House, or any of the other "strategies" employed by this administration and the Bush administration before it.
What is required is a new approach that seeks not accommodation, but victory. Without it, more lives will be lost. Dictionary.com defines "war" as "a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation." Calling it something else doesn't alter the reality.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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