Tuesday, November 26, 2002
It's funny because it's trueIn a typically hilarious Mark Steyn column about the lack of commitment among many to the war against Islamofascism, he has an important insight:
Daniel Pipes and others have argued that this is the Islamists' great innovation -- an essentially political project piggybacking on an ancient religion. In the last year, we've seen the advantages of such a strategy: You can't even identify your enemy without being accused of bigotry and intolerance.Exactly. The United States has to spend more time explaining who its enemies aren't -- the Iraqi people, Islam, Muslims, the Palestinian people, the Afghan people -- than who they are -- all the people I named that we have to pretend I didn't name. I'm not saying the World War II approach of portraying our enemies as subhuman is the ideal approach, but can't we at least admit that we're at war? We've gotten to the point that if we actually manage to kill a terrorist, we have to apologize because we didn't read him his rights first.
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