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Chertoff and the reason the GWOT can’t be won the way we’re fighting it

Posted by foundersfreedom on December 24, 2008

From USA Today opinion in an interview with Michael Chertoff, Homeland Security chief.

Q: Who is the war on terrorism against? Is it al-Qaeda? Is it the tactic, which seems impossible to eradicate? Or is it Islamic radicalism?

A: “What we’re confronting is an ideological conflict with an extremist world view that I don’t think is an accurate representative of Islam, but uses the language or hijacks Islam for an extremist agenda. It’s an ideology that’s reflected in al-Qaeda, and it’s reflected in Lashkar-e-Taiba, which everybody now knows because of (the Mumbai attacks). That is the struggle, and unlike the Cold War victory, I don’t think there’s going to be a wall that comes down. It will be a process of using hard power to strike back at the leaders and using soft power to change the breeding ground where people try to recruit. ”

With the jihadists quoting their instruction manual, the Koran, in most every instance, the Saudi-bought Washington insiders just can’t bring themselves to say this is an imperative in Islam rather than a “hijacking.”

Why is there NO news of the purging of Christians from many provinces in Iraq TODAY? It doesn’t support the Administration’s (and academia’s) contention that the jihadists are a “tiny minority of extremists” and if we can only help the “moderates” stand against them and not hate us ’cause we’re nice people, we win. Maybe. For a time.

Here’s the whole article: http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/12/as-one-threat-f.html

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