Friday, September 29, 2006

How the terrorists win when we turn our back on our ideals

The battle is for the hearts and minds of the Muslim world. They see us turning our back on our ideals. We can now detain them for life, or put them to death, without due process.

They see us giving up the high ground. They see us torturing, detaining for life, executing, and having show trials and they say to themselves, "what's the difference between them and Osama".

They both kill Muslims, they both torture, they both execute without due process.

So then they say, "well at least Osama is one of us". And, boom they "win" legitimacy.

Look at Hezbollah and Israel. Hezbollah has managed to win legitimacy.

Legitimacy is the first step in the transition from a terrorist movement to a mass movement. A mass movement has a political and a military wing. It's seen as legitimate by the people. It has won hearts and minds and it then turns to more conventional methods.

Once legitimacy is won, terrorism is validated, and we lose.

We are on the verge of that now.

It's not what we think that counts here. Did you hear Musharraf the last few weeks? He said the Taliban is more dangerous then Al Quida because "it has roots in the people".

Bush and his supporters are stupid. Everytime someone tries to tell them this, they say "there's no moral equivalency between us and the terrorists".

There doesn't have to be. It only has to be perceived that way.

The way to win this war is by holding true to our ideals. To prove we are better then them. To show that our way of life produces justice, freedom, and prosperity.

If we can't convince them of that we lose.


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