Friday, December 15, 2006

The War on Terror vs. The War on Nazis

As some of you know, I love old films from Hollywood's Golden Age..roughly from 1930-1955. I watched a film this evening called "Hotel Berlin" made right at the end of World War II. At the end of this most excellent movie, they ran a scroll of the following statement from the "Big Three"..Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin:

Our purpose is not to destroy the German people - but we are determined to disband all German armed forces - break up the German General Staff - eliminate all German industry used for military production - bring all war criminals to just and swift punishment - wipe out the Nazi Party and Nazi laws from the life of the German people - Germany must never again disturb the peace of the world.

Interesting, isn't it?

Now, let's change a few words.

Our purpose is not to destroy the Islamic people - but we are determined to disband all Islamic armed forces - break up the Islamic General Staff or Jihad - eliminate all Islamic industry used for military production - bring all Islamic war criminals to just and swift punishment - wipe out the radical Jihadist Party and Islamic law from the life of the Jihadist people - Islam must never again disturb the peace of the world.

In World War II, the notice from the Big Three received the cheers of the world. Today, faced with even an uglier threat to Western civilization, most today would shrink away from calling a spade a spade in such fashion. I realize that there are differences between then and now, and that not all Muslims advocate the jihadist vision. However, the battle against the jihadists ought to be conducted in the same fashion. But we're too afraid to do it.

Think about it.

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