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"Showing your flag" Continued...

Issue: "Unify and conquer," June 14, 2008

WORLD: How dangerous have 9/10 judicial inclinations become?

WOHLSTETTER: One "9/10" federal appeals judge wrote that even if he assumed that a defendant was a member of a terrorist sleeper cell, and even had the defendant been caught researching chemicals usable in a WMD attack, the government should not be allowed to indefinitely detain him. Another such judge, presiding over a military tribunal in August 2004 (shortly after the 9/11 Commission report was released), stopped a detainee from telling the court what he knew about, and his relationship to, the 9/11 attacks. Lawyers and judges can lose a war; they cannot win one.

WORLD: The United States held together pretty well during most of the Cold War. How is the long war we now face similar to and different from the Cold War?

WOHLSTETTER: The Long War is similar to the Cold War in that it will last decades, and much of the action will not be on conventional battlefields. The Long War differs from the Cold War in that our adversaries are fanatical aspiring mass murderers who cannot be deterred in the fashion that Soviet leaders were. Soviet leaders were neither nice nor friendly, and would happily have seen America destroyed. But they drew the line at taking grave risks-that is why Nikita Khrushchev was dumped two years after he recklessly precipitated the Cuban Missile Crisis.

WORLD: And Muslim extremists are risk-takers?

WOHLSTETTER: Islamist leaders animated by an apocalyptic vision, who perceive themselves as the latest coming of the Mahdi ("rightly guided one"), are the most dangerous kinds of people to possess WMD capability, and least likely to respond to a conventional calculus of deterrence. Such doctrines presume rational calculation by rational adversaries; they presume leaders who regard life as worthy, and who do not worship death in cult fashion. Put simply, the Soviet leaders were not dreaming of 72 virgins in paradise.

WORLD: What are the prospects for the United States successfully fighting a Long War?

WOHLSTETTER: The prospects of America and its allies eventually prevailing in the Long War are fairly good. Islamofascism is, along with Nazism and communism, one of the three worst ideas in human history. Those who have been at the business end of Islamist terror fall out of love with the terrorists quickly-witness the Anbar sheiks in Iraq, who decided that if they did not love the Americans, at least they did not have to worry about their children being beheaded, or their wives confiscated for consort duty.

Ditto for Afghanistan, where as in Iraq voters braved death threats to vote, including women. Recent polling indicates a shift against al-Qaeda in Pakistan, a country rife with anti-American feeling. Islamist killings of innocent Muslims have caused backlash in many Muslim lands. But in Europe, a combination of multicultural political correctness, atrophied militaries, and demographic trends strongly favoring the relative rise of unassimilated Muslim populations threatens to end Europe as the entity it has been for centuries.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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