Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Nature of the Enemy 

This article by former CIA Director R. James Woolsey is a must-read for anyone who wishes to understand the nature of the enemy we face in the (poorly named) global war on terror. He identifies the enemy as Salafist Islamists and coins a new title for them. Instead of referring to them as "Islamofascists," he uses the term "IslamoNazis" because of their genocidal dogma against Jews, Christians, other Islamic denominations such as Shia and Sufi, and other non-believers, He notes that the Italian form of fascism, though horrible, was not genocidal as the Nazis were. I concur with his logic, and henceforth will refer to the bad guys as IslamoNazis.

Woolsey sketches a strategy for dealing with the IslamoNazi threat, which is informed by our history against totalitarian regimes from WWII through the end of the Cold War. His piece is definitely food for thought, and he brings a lot more personal knowledge and experience to the table than almost any Democratic defeatist that you care to name.

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