Mark Levine in the Daily Star, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
It is time for the United States to declare a truce with the Muslim world, and radical Islam in particular.
This may sound like a naive, even defeatist statement in the context of the 9-11 Commission Report’s reminder that the United States remains very much at war with “Islamist terrorism” and the ideas behind it.
Yet a truce (Arabic hudna) rather than an increasingly dangerous “clash of civilizations” is the only way to avoid a long, ultimately catastrophic conflict. And it’s up to Europe to be the good broker.
Sure, Mark. It would be easy to avoid a long, catastrophic conflict, especially with Europe’s mediation. I think the word you are searching for is “capitulation.” Even the “hudna” you invoke is only a temporary halt to a conflict to allow the forces of jihad to gather strength. Is that really what you want?