Monday, August 14, 2006

Can we win "Eastern" wars with Western values?

Ralph Peters, writing in the New York Post, doubts it:

This question is going to eat at our consciences for years to come - even as we learn to do what must be done.

Despite media lies about Israeli "atrocities," the IDF has been doing all it can to spare civilians. For example, the Israelis repeatedly risked commando teams deep in hostile territory to take out Hezbollah command-and-control cells - instead of just leveling the crowded apartment buildings where the terrorists were hiding. But, ultimately, all of the special operations in the world will fall far short of delivering decisive, crushing victories. We are going to have to learn to fight by the enemy's rules. And we aren't going to like it.

The wars of the future will be won by those with the greater strength of will. And boundless determination is one weapon that Islamist extremists unquestionably possess.

Do we?

Captain's Quarters had a sobering piece at the beginning of America's response to the lastest battle in the 1400 year jihad against the West, suggesting that one nuclear strike against a Western capital would inexorably lead to the Free World absolutely destroying the Muslim one. I'm afraid it's that, or quarantine. Which it will be is up to them.

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