Russell J. Suchy, a retired Air Force colonel and former chief of security operations for the Strategic Air Command, wrote in the foreword to Woosley’s book: “One of the most basic premises of successfully fighting a war remains: ‘Know your enemy.’
“The American psyche does not comprehend the concept of Jihad, where merely saying ‘kafir’ (infidel) reduces any non-Arab man, woman or child to something akin to a mosquito to be swatted without so much as a momentary regret.” So we are learning.
When Suchy wrote those words in 2000, we were coming up on the 10th anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. At the time, Suchy wondered whether we’d be ready for the terrorist attacks sure to come, and whether America would be successful. His answer now seems a mandate for America:
“Not,” he said, “if we do not understand what drives such primitive levels of human destruction.”
-from Kathleen Parker
The topic of the issues more and more needs to shift to defining who we are dealing with in this War on Terrorism. We still are vague in our understanding of Islamic mindset. We still do not have insightful explanation for what drives the huge portion of the worlds population under the Muslim appelation. We are not sure how they function as a group.
This seems a grave weakness and a lack of discretionary judgment on our part in the West. And the Left ought to be engaged on whether they consider it reasonable to accept that Islamists may be excused in their killing for the sake of offended sensibilites about their book or whether there should be world wide hunts for such a Rushdie because of words that were considered worthy of death.
The Left needs to be engaged. They need to be pressed on their rationale.