There should be, and can be, no opting-out of the global jihad war being waged against us. But let it not be a war fought by the stolidly unimaginative, who believe war is only a matter of bombs, tanks and guns (though those are often necessary), and among whom there is little place for intelligence and indeed ruthless intelligence. Let it rather be a war which seeks always to exploit pre-existing weaknesses in the enemy, to make sure that that enemy remains as divided as possible, on ethnic, sectarian, and economic lines, possesses as little major weaponry as possible, and has to spend its own money. The enemy should never be able to rely on the disguised Jizyah of foreign aid extracted from Infidels, as that $450 million now being planned at the U.N. for the “Palestinians,” who should be allowed, of course, to get any damn money they please — but only from fellow Muslims. They should receive not a cent from Infidels. And the same goes for Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, and all other Muslim states and peoples who forgot to be born with oil reserves.
And let Demonstration Projects, of Muslim violence and aggression, be allowed to be put on by Muslims themselves, for the benefit of Infidels still unclear as to what Islam is all about.
Finally, let Infidels and Muslims alike be forced to make the connection between the political, economic, social, moral, and intellectual failures of Muslim states and societies suffused with Islam, and Islam itself. Let inshallah-fatalism explain the failure, despite the ten trillion dollars since 1973 in OPEC oil money, of Muslim states to establish modern economies. Let the Muslim despotisms be properly attributed to the belief in Islam that a ruler’s legitimacy comes only from his being a Muslim, enforcing or following the strictures of Allah as set down in the Qur’an and glossed by the hadith, and not from any supposed grant of authority from the people, who after all do not count. They are merely slaves, submissive to the will of Allah. Let the Muslim social failures, in the mistreatment of women and non-Muslims, be shown up. Draw attention to the Muslim intellectual failures (“Whenever I listen to Mozart I feel I am betraying Islam,” as one Arab intellectual wrote) that have led to such mental impoverishment and such constraints on the free and skeptical inquiry necessary for science, and on so many different means of artistic expression (sculpture, all depictions of living creatures in painting, most music) that make “Islamic civilization” such a wretched thing. Let this be made clear, so that Muslims themselves will have to figure out where to put the blame, and some of them, at least, will have to, in fact, put it.
That is the outline of a war strategy.
The rest is filling in the details.
One more thing. During World War II America had allies. Some were similar in political makeup. Great Britain. The Free French. The Resistance movements, with varying degrees of effectiveness, and the Partigiani in Italy (and the Italian troops who revolted against their German masters in Albania, Greece, Yugoslavia).
And the Soviet Union, which in the largest tank battle in history, at Kursk, managed in that one battle to kill 850,000 German soldiers — as many as were killed on Germany’s Western Front.
Today, unable to grasp or to articulate the nature of the problem, and stumbling about with this “democracy” project in Iraq, we seem unable either to interest, or to sufficiently alarm, the states and peoples of Western Europe. They need to be alarmed. They should be alarmed. And so should Russians, including those that have a modicum of interest in keeping Russia as Russia, a place outside the grip of Islam. Such people exist. They have to be found, cultivated, supported, appealed to. But it cannot be done if the American government is in the control of the naive, and if those naive are, still worse, under attack by those who are also naÃ¯ve as well as completely misguided and in some cases malevolent in their analysis — as certainly James Baker and Lee Hamilton were, though not all of their colleagues on the committee, mostly camouflage and potted plants, were.
A failure of leadership, rooted in a failure of intellect.