“Sadly, unless we fight this war RIGHT NOW before they get too many more nukes and take out Pakistan FIRST, we lose.
I’m not a pessimist, first they have the feeling that they are losing to Western influence.
Second, in actual fact they are very fractured and often fight among themselves. They may make alliances with the basically distrust each other and this is a big weakness.
One reason you see this growth in radicalism is a direct result of the present administration withdrawing from the regions. Where there is a vacuum something will fill it.
We change who is running this country in the next election it is the first step towards minimizing radical Islam. There is no easy solution and cannot be done totally with military might so I see it is a long protracted war.
Lastly, most people want to be left alone that’s true over there. Our job is to foster a strong middle-class in many of these third world countries and you’ll see a lessening of tension and the grip of these radicals over time. That of course is no easy task and could go into the next century.
Pessimism is out for me but time will tell.