THE FATIGUE OF TERROR
By Alan Caruba
In Iraq, the American military is being killed one soldier at a time, not in combat, but with drive-by shootings and similar tactics. As the level of terror and the death toll rises, those seeking to install an Islamist government or one run by Saddam Hus- sein's sons believe Americans will tire of these random killings and leave. What the "elite" Republican Guards could not win, random acts of terror just might.
Already some Americans are disputing the need to have gone into Iraq because weapons of mass destruction have not been found barely weeks after the main ele- ment of combat has ended. Never mind that Saddam Hussein's regime had years to become expert at hiding WMDs and fully utilized that set of skills or trucked the WMDs into Syria for safekeeping. And never mind that what we have found are the mass graves of what some are estimating as possibly a million victims of that brutal regime.
Apparently, destabilizing the status quo in the Middle East, a cauldron of medieval resentment and, after 9-11, a clear threat to the United States of America, is not sufficient reason to be there.
Here in the United States, Americans are already tired of the terror "alerts" that go from yellow to orange and back again. Even headlines that predict another al-Qa'ida attack in some major city no longer evoke anything other than a wait-and-see atti- tude. It's not that anyone either doubts it or believes it strongly, it's just that they have other priorities.
This is the fatigue of terror. We need to stop condemning the Israelis every time their people are killed by Palestinians who have no intention of seeking a peaceful answer to the differences between them and the State of Israel. We need to let the Israelis know that they have carte blanche to suppress and end the Palestinian terror campaign by whatever means necessary.
Forget about tolerance. No religion on earth is more intolerant than Islam. Whether it is called fundamentalist, Wahabbi, Sunni or Shi'ite, Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qa'ida or any other name, Islamists are devoted to the domination of Islam over all other religions and over all nations. The Muslims committed to this cause will take as long as is necessary for the fatigue of terror to bring about accommodation and ultimately surrender.
Then the socalled "victims" of Western civilization will be able to share their faith and culture with the rest of us. In time, women will have to accept their inferior sta- tus, along with anyone who refuses to convert from his faith to Islam. Criminals will know they risk having their hands or their heads chopped off. Since the Koran does not have a bad word to say about slavery, that practice might be reinstated too. As to a democratic, constitutional government, well, you can forget about it.
By then, though, you will have been so worn down by the years of mindless acts of terror that you will just hope there's something else on the television than the daily readings from the Koran.
More on the Middle East & the Israeli-Arab Conflict
The Middle East & the Problem of Iraq
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The Problem of Rogue States:
Iraq as a Case History
The Middle East & the Arabs
Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
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War & Peace in the Real World
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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.
Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization
Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies
U.S. National Security Strategy
Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, Communications Director of the American Policy Center, and Founder of the Na- tional Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," posted on the Inter- net website of the National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com). He is the au- thor of A POCKET GUIDE TO MILITANT ISLAM and THE UNITED NATIONS VS. THE UNITED STATES, both available from the National Anxiety Center, 9 Brookside Road, Maplewood, New Jersey, 07040.
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