NON-WAR AND WHETHER TO QUIT

Today (Thurs., 5/23/13) the president gave a speech on his national security policy. During the speech Mr. Obama, referring to the radical jihadists, said "The United States is not at war with Islam and their ideology is rejected by the vast majority of Muslims." He went on to declare our war with Islamic jihad over - without using the word Islamic or jihad. The president has unilaterally decided that the "worldwide" war on terrorism is no longer a threat and can now be faced incrementally "where ever" such groups arise - which is, currently, pretty much worldwide.

I think it is important to remember that both Germany and Italy were Christian states when they launched World War Two. When the allies responded, they were not fighting a war with Christianity any more than we are now fighting a war against Islam. But there was no doubt that there was an evil element among those Christian states - and the vast majority of Christians rejected their ideology. The allies, however, did not declare the war over until their enemies quit the battlefield. It has been a long war, declared by al Qaeda in 1996 but not officially recognized by us until September 11th, 2001. Mr. Obama might like to quit the field so he can concentrate on domestic matters with which he is more comfortable. But al Qaeda has not quit the field, has, in fact, morphed into various splinter groups to reorganize and change tactics. If the president has decided that he can live with scattered, less damaging (with lower casualty counts) attacks than 9/11, I'm sure they will accommodate his new policy.

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