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October 17, 2002

Think of it as Evolution

Think of it as Evolution in Action

Former NATO commander Wesley Clark, as quoted in this article at Salon.

"If we go in unilaterally, or without the full weight of international organizations behind us, if we go in with a very sparse number of allies, if we go in without an effective information operation ... we're liable to supercharge recruiting for al-Qaida," Clark said.

I can hear Zawahiri now, explaining to his aides that there's no point in a recruiting drive this year, as the addition of Belgium and Luxembourg to the coalition invading Iraq has convinced the average Arab that the Ummah needs to take a pass on this one.

"Yep, that pretty much gives the U.S. the moral authority to kill as many Arabs as they need, and there's not a thing we can do about it," he would say.

In all fairness to General Clark, he's not actually saying that we're doing all those things, but that's beside the point. The fact is that no matter how we invade Iraq, whether it is on our own, with the nominal backing of the U.N., or as the head of a force containing soldiers from every nation on the face of the earth, AL-Qaeda will use our presence there as a recruiting tool. If we don't invade, Al-Qaeda will use that as a recruiting tool. I already know the arguments they'll use.

"The U.S. is weak and will eventually back down if confronted long enough."
"The U.S. doesn't care about the Iraqis. They didn't invade Iraq because Saddam is their puppet, and through him they oppress the Iraqi people."

It doesn't matter if the arguments are correct, or make any sense whatsoever. Face it, Al-Qaeda has decided to be the enemy of the West. If they thought that they could use the 2000 presidential election in Florida to recruit Democratic suicide bombers, they would. Al-Qaeda seeks no peace, no negotiated settlement. They seek to rule us or destroy us, and to impose the Ummah on a planetary scale.

And I want them recruiting. I want every Muslim in the world to hear their message. I want anyone who has even the slightest sympathetic inclination for them to join their ranks, to support them and to fight with them in their war on the West--so we can kill them. So we can take the idea of the Ummah and destroy it forever. A generation from now, when an Arab proposes armed struggle against the West, I want his people to commit him rather than follow him. I want the mention of jihad to bring only disgust and fear in reaction. I want Islam to be as peaceful and tolerant a religion as Unitarianism. I want them to look back at the World Trade Center, at the bombings in Bali and the Talibani executions of women in Kabul through the tears in their eyes and say "Never again." And if in order to realize this vision the West has to kill 5 million Al-Qaeda recruits, I say so be it. They have set themselves up as a bulwark against the future, and I want that bulwark crushed in such a way that the idea of rebuilding it is considered a dangerous lunacy for the next ten thousand years.

Posted by Bigwig at October 17, 2002 02:33 PM | TrackBack
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