A Terrible Reminder that We Truly Are at War
I find it hard to write about anything other than the terrible terrorist attacks in London. Everything seems to pale in the glare of the horrific images coming from Britain.
The bloodlust of these terrorists is staggering. They kill without regard, without remorse. They kill men, women, children. They kill because they can and because (and this is the horrifying part) they believe they are righteous. We are not in a war on terror. We are in a war on Muslim extremists. Terrorism is just their tactic.
And terrorism is hard to stop. London is the most watched large city in the world. There are 1.5 million closed circuit cameras watching London streets and Tube system. And the British intelligence service is excellent. But they couldn’t predict or stop these attacks.
Strong security and robust intelligence work is essential in preventing the murderous acts of these Muslim extremists. But they can only prevent specific acts and, even then, they cannot prevent all attacks. Stopping the threat of Muslim extremism will take more than security, more than intelligence. We have to continue to confront the ideology itself. We have to end the conditions that breed such unbridled hate.
Whether through military action, or aid to Middle-Eastern pro-democracy groups or working with the millions of peaceful Muslims to turn in the extremists in their midst, we must stay active. We must change them and not allow them to change us.
The attacks today are another terrible reminder that we really are at war. Not just we Americans, but all those who promote and practice values contrary to the dark aims of Islamic fundamentalism There are even reports that Iraqi al Qaeda have killed Egypt’s top envoy to Iraq as punishment for Egypt’s peace with Israel.
We should not think the Muslim extremists can be mollified. They can only be confronted.