Either the jihadists really are crazy or they apparently think that they have a shot at destabilizing, or at least winning concessions from, the United States, Europe, India, and Russia all at once. Apart from the continual attacks on civilians by terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the West Bank, there have now been recent horrific assaults in New Dehli (blowing up civilians in a busy shopping season on the eve of a Hindu festival), Russia (attacking police and security facilities), London (suicide murdering of civilians on the subway), and Indonesia (more bombing, and the beheading of Christian schoolgirls). The loci of recent atrocities could be widely expanded (e.g., Malaysia, North Africa, Turkey, Spain) — and, of course, do not forget the several terrorist plots that have been broken up in Europe and the United States.Bravo to Dr. Hanson to call a spade a spade unlike the hypocrite Christopher Kremmer and the imbeciles from AFP. He goes on to make some reasonable observations.
First, despite the various professed grievances (e.g., India should get out of Kashmir; Russia should get out of Chechnya; England should get out of Iraq; Christians should get out of Indonesia; or Westerners should get out of Bali), the perpetrators were all self-proclaimed Islamic radicals. Second, the jihadists characteristically feel that dialogue or negotiations are beneath them. So like true fascists, they don’t talk; they kill. Their opponents — whether Christians, Hindus, Jews, or Westerners in general — are, as infidels, de facto guilty for what they are rather than what they supposedly do. Talking to a Dr. Zawahiri is like talking to Hitler: You can’t — and it’s suicidal to try.This is also entirely true with groups such as Lashkar-e-Toiba which aims to restore an Islamic empire throughout Indian territory. The concessions which the Candle Kissers ® have been demanding the Indian Government on the J&K issue is not only morally wrong but also strategically suicidal, since the terrorists will definitely not stop there. Some unflattering truth about our honorable neighbor.
Autocratic states such as Pakistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran share outright similar political objectives and will offer either stealthy sanctuary or financial support to terrorists, confident that either denial, oil, or nuclear bombs give them security . Nations that intrigue with jihadists must be identified as the enemies of civilization. We often forget that there are now left only four major nation-states in the world that either by intent or indifference allow radical Islamists to find sanctuary.How true. Unfortunately Dr. VDH cuts short. The Pakistani military regime is entirely propped by the United States. General Musharraf knows that he can be guaranteed of American support until Osama and Zawahiri are let loose. This military-jihadi nexus will continue as long it benefits the military (no pressure from Uncle Sam on democratic reforms + fancy toys from Uncle's arsenal) and while the jihadis are let loose despite occasional media-heavy 'crackdowns'.
If Pakistan were seriously to disavow terrorism and not see it as an asset in its rivalry with India and as a means to vent anti-Western angst, then Osama bin Laden, Dr. Zawahiri, and their lieutenants would be hunted down tomorrow.