Unite to Defeat Radical Jihadism

(Wall Street Journal) Peggy Noonan - Radical jihadism is not going to go away, not for a long time, probably decades. It will not be effectively fought with guilt, ambivalence or double-mindedness. That, in the West, will have to change. The jihadists' weapons and means will get worse. Right now it's guns and suicide vests. Their future weapons will be more sophisticated and deadly. As Graeme Wood wrote a year ago in "What ISIS Really Wants," "We can gather that their state rejects peace as a matter of principle; that it hungers for genocide...and that it considers itself a harbinger of - and headline player in - the imminent end of the world." ISIS is essentially "committed to purifying the world by killing vast numbers of people." Asked to state his exact strategic goals vis-a-vis the Soviet Union, former President Ronald Reagan replied: "We win, they lose." That's where we are now. The "they" is radical Islamic jihadism.

2016-03-29 00:00:00

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