My old college roomie Dave just sent me this cartoon from The New Yorker. Good ol’ Dave. He was always the funny one.
Of course, many real people think the way the folks in the hot tub in this cartoon think. Some of them are not in hot tubs, but in the State Department. However, the unfortunate truth is, of course, that many of those Islamic fundamentalists know us quite well, and they still don’t like us.
Sure, their press is full of lies and hysteria. Absolutely. But the global jihad proceeds according to its own principles. I explain them in Onward Muslim Soldiers. Committed mujahedin will never be mollified by any amount of good will or economic aid or anything else from the West. They are dedicated to the proposition that no non-Sharia government has any right to exist, and that Allah commands that all non-Sharia governments must be fought. As the principal obstacle to this, we are directly in the line of fire. There are two possible outcomes as far as they are concerned: death, or victory. Not negotiations, peaceful coexistence, and mutual understanding.