[quote=walstan]If you feel that America could never earn the respect of the Islamic world then what chance for the future? You will never defeat the islamic world by force of arms, no more than the Romans could defeat Christianity by oppression and murder. Even the Romans finally learned that co-existance and fairness leads to respect and peace.
Actually, force of arms did exactly that at least several times in the past.
There would be no peace treaty or formal declaration of surrender. What would happen is that gradually, the “terrorists” would give it up as hopeless. During World War I, the Turks and other Islamics sided with Germany. Poor choice. Same thing happened in WW II. The interest in Jihad waned as adherents became dispirited. The idea of re-establishing the Caliphate and taking back Spain became dormant. It wasn’t until recently, that, swollen with oil money, that Jihad became popular again.
Same situation happened from 1500 to 1800, when the Barbary pirates preyed on European coastal towns and on Mediterranean shipping. Finally all the countries that had had ships hijacked attacked the pirates and ended it. Read “Jefferson’s War”. Probably it didn’t REALLY end until France and Italy occupied North Africa.
Middle Eastern oil countries were running budget deficits until recently. With the increase in oil prices, they could afford the luxury of subsidizing Jihad.
What can be done?
Four things: 1) bring down the cost of oil. We have forced energy prices to increase by cutting our own supplies of energy. (No drilling in the U.S.; no more construction of nuclear power plants to generate electricity or steam; no more construction of oil refineries; restrictions on coal where restrictions are totally unnecessary, etc).
So if we increase supply, then the price of energy will come down and the Islamic support for Jihad and terrorism will go down. Look up Howard Hayden; he has a great book on why solar energy won’t cut it. He also has an exellent newsletter. Also look up Art Robinson; he has a newsletter
Quit the policy of political correctness. The Europeans are once again engaging in a policy of appeasement. What makes it worse is that OUR media are simply not publishing what is going on in Europe. Appeasement is not going to work. Some of our politicians in the U.S. want to do the same thing. There have been court cases in “Western countries” in which people who present the case directly have been punished. Fortunately, we now have the internet, blogs, and newsletters (the modern equivalent to Committees of Correspondence). [For example, there is a Canadian e-newsletter that is getting the word out… I will publish the URL in a future posting.]
Engage in a war of information. We are not getting our history or our story out there. Support for Jihad will evaporate once its supporters realize there is no future in what we are choosing to call “terrorism” and that the best way to get ahead is by democracy and education. [They may not WANT to get ahead… they want Jihad and the spread of Islam by conquest. But if that doesn’t work, as has been demonstrated in the historical past, then they will have to look for outlets elsewhere.] We used to have Radio Free Europe and Voice of America. But nowadays it is politically incorrect to verbally defend ourselves.
Continue the military and diplomatic pressure. Continue turning Iraq into a meatgrinder for Jihadists. 50,000 gone so far. Afghanistan and Iraq are being converted to democratic republics. Libya has been neutralized without military action. Syria and Iran are next.
Whether democratic republican forms of government will in the long run be beneficial is open to discussion. Will they embrace Sharia and become more aggressively Jihadist? Maybe not, … IF-- big if – if we set up the right conditions and stop acting with both our hands tied behind our backs.
What’s the alternative, though??? Embrace Islam?