by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
Most of us have known the answer for a long time.
It is, “Kill them all.”
What a horrible thing that is to say, but when it comes to devising a plan to protect ourselves from the Islamist terrorists, there is no other reasonable strategy. None. So long as there is even one Islamist terrorist left alive, he will recruit others, and the result will be more dead – more murdered children, women, and men.
The recruiting ground for terrorists is mosques. Again, what a horrible thing to say, yet the truth is undeniable. Large Moslem populations tend to be led by radical Islamists, or by secular tyrants.
I say this knowing that, and this has become cliche, many Moslems are not inclined toward violent jihad. There are imams in mosques who alert police to radicals in their midst, and cooperate in preventing acts of terrorism. So then, how can I say the things I am saying?
I say them because by and large, Islamists are not inclined toward the freedoms practiced in the West. Our traditions of liberty are alien to them, even anathema. Even those Moslems who would never raise a hand in violence often sympathize with those who do. God bless the exceptions. Let us struggle to accommodate them wherever possible. Let us not, however, forget that our prmary goal must be to prevent the next act of terrorism.
And let us reject the mythology that enables further terrorism.
For example, it is not true that when we defend ourselves we become more like them. Defending ourselves from Nazis did not make us into Nazis.
It is untrue that killing terrorists only recruits more terrorists. What recruits terrorists is the appearance that terrorism is succeeding. Radicalized fanatics will not be dissuaded by anything except ther own death. Would-be terrorists, however, cannot be recruited by dead terrorists.
Gentle people may be sincerely unable to do what is necessary. Radical leftists may be oblivious to the danger, or even sympathetic to it.
Most of us, however, get it.