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Posted on 09/27/2006 6:02:20 PM PDT by 13Sisters76
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They just don't get it The left misreads the NIE and Islamic terrorism By David Strom Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Much has been made in recent days about the supposed conclusion of the latest National Intelligence Estimate that the war in Iraq has inflamed Islamic terrorists.
The New York Times broke the story last week with a headline that screamed "Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat." The NIE in question, completed last April, was intended to present the consensus of the Intelligence agencies of the US government on where things stand in the global war on terror.
The Times story, long on conjecture and innuendo, and short on facts, purported to show that Bushs strategy of fighting terrorists had backfired. Striking at the terrorists in Afghanistan and particularly in Iraq had not weakened the Islamic terror movement, but in fact strengthened and broadened it.
Any resemblance to Democrat talking points was of course purely coincidental.
For obvious reasons, the Bush Administration has refused to release the entire NIE, lest it give away too much of our intelligence capabilities or our ongoing strategies in the war, but it did direct that a 4 page summary of the conclusions be released to combat the political firestorm that the Times story ignited.
And what did the NIE actually say? Not surprisingly, it little resembles the distorted view leaked to the New York Times by an anti-Bush insider.
In fact, it says exactly what you would expect it to say: that Al Qaeda has been badly damaged and largely dispersed by US actions; that Iraq is the most important front in the war on terror; that Islamic radicals are using the Iraq war as a rallying point for recruitment and as a tool to incite anger in the Islamic world; that terrorists are adapting to the changed environment in recent years, including becoming more dispersed and harder to locate; and that the most important cause of anger in the Middle East is the continued repressive nature of most of the governments there.
In other words, what an objective observer would conclude is that the most vital objective for winning the war on terror is to win the ongoing war in Iraq, and to push for greater democratization in the Islamic world in general.
Thats a far cry from what we are hearing from the left.
Instead, we hear now more than ever that the NIE is proof positive that we should withdraw from Iraq, and by implication abandon the project of moving these autocracies toward democracy over the coming years.
Here is one of the conclusions of the NIE: Greater pluralism and more responsive political systems in Muslim majority nations would alleviate some of the grievances jihadists exploit.
Further, The Iraq conflict has become the cause celebre for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement. Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight.
In other words, the single best strategy for beating back Islamic terrorism is to do precisely what Bush is doing: keep fighting in Iraq and push for greater democracy throughout the Islamic world.
Simply put, the New York Times, the left, and the Democrats are wrong. Winning in Iraq and winning the war on terror are now almost inseparable. Victory in Iraq, coupled with increased democratization there and throughout the Middle East, is the only clear path to victory in the war on terror.
The left is so wrong because they fail to understand this basic fact: radical Muslims dont hate America because of what we do; they hate us because of who we are. Retreating from Iraq, abandoning Israel, or any other form of appeasement you can imagine will only make the problem worse. It would further the impression that God is on the side of the terrorists and that they are winning.
The true war is between American-style pluralism and a warped concept of Sharia law. As long as a pluralistic and prosperous America exists, Islamists will see us as a threat. It is the cultural magnetism we exert on young people throughout the world that they truly fear. It is cultural domination, not military domination that they are fighting.
Hence, the only conquest that will truly matter in this war will be a victory of pluralism over Islamic totalitarianism.
Bush understands that, and is fighting this war where it needs to be fought: defeating terrorists through the exporting of democracy to the heart of the Islamic world, in Iraq.
And the April National Intelligence Estimate makes that perfectly clear. That is, to anyone who actually read it.
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My favorite analogy:
"Jihadists check in . . . but they don't check out!"
This guy fleshed the report out nicely:
The terrorists want to kill all U.S. citizens. This fight against terrorism, will now go on for the rest of our lives.
It is bad enough we have to fight terrorists. We also have to fight liberal Democrats who think they can negotiate with terrorists.
When will the Publishers of the NYT be indicted and the rag shut down?!?!?!?
"It's time we recognized the nature of the conflict. It's total war and we are all involved. Nobody on our side is exempted because of age, gender, or handicap. The Islamofacists have stolen childhood from the world." [FReeper Retief]
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Paleologus
Probably just as soon as the person(s) behind JKF's assassination is revealed/leaked....or even prosecuted, and as soon as we start dealing with our REAL problem in America. The enemy within.
When will the Publishers of the NYT be indicted and the rag shut down?!?!?!?
I'd like to hear a story about someone that shorted that stock and made money.
And more and more people are coming to understand that:
Islam is the enemy and the war on terror ends with the death of the last moslem.
Muslims are born inflamed.
They've been 'inflamed' for centuries.
Total immersion in Boudreaux's Butt Paste might help.
Islam could be eradicated without eradicating people- BUT, that would mean the 'good' Muslims would have to renounce the death cult and convert to other religions. Anyone waiting for that??
Unfortunately, history has proven that it's hard to eliminate ideaologies. If it takes the death of the last Muslim on the planet to finally be rid of the scourge that Islam has been- then that's what it takes.THEIR choice.
The ugly fact is that Islam , as an ideaology, is not( and never will be) compatible with civilized societies. It is militant from conception. The 'fair' try to separate Islam/Muslims from that core belief, and Muslims scream- 'Islam is one'.
This conflict will cause a hideous number of deaths. The only decision left is- whose- theirs or ours?
Islam has declared that it WILL kill anyone who will not submit. Are we, as a society, prepared to die rather than respond in kind?
That's the core of all of this. Kill or be killed.
What are we prepared to do?
Cool,I like it.
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