Are the Terrorists Winning?

July 26, 2012
Written by D. L. Gary Pandol

Is the United States winning the war against Islamic terrorists?

Has the assassination of Osama Bin Laden in 2011 and the on-going, targeted killing and drone attacks of Al Qaeda and members of other terrorist groups made a difference?

Consider why after a decade of prosecuting this war, the United States must remain steadfast in the fight against these nefarious militant groups who persist in their defiant support of jihad against Americans, Israelis, and the rest of the free world.

The ummah, or Islamic community, view Americans as weak, people who just want to have a good time and lack the resolve to face down their enemies and win. Indeed, the United States has not won a war and achieved a total victory since World War II and America’s enemies know it. Furthermore, the United States government is viewed as cowardly due to negotiations with and the dissemination of American tax dollars in the form of U.S. foreign aid to hostile countries, such as Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, et al., and transnational actors such as Hamas, the PLO, or the Palestinian Authority. What do these countries and non-state international actors have in common? They recruit, honor, glorify and compensate the very terrorists and their supporters who want to destroy this country.

Dollars for terrorism – is this America’s 21st century counter-terrorism strategy? The United States appears intent on trying to “buy” the cooperation of Islamists. But you can never buy off “true believers.” Islamic jihadists are willing to die in the cause of wreaking havoc on the non-Muslim West. Why? The political ideology of Islam is supremacy and domination — “the spread of Islam from one end of the earth to the other,” the words of Muslim leaders since Islam’s inception in the 7th century.

America’s fourth President, James Madison, had it right in 1816 when in a letter to a Muslim leader in Algiers stated, “The settled policy of America . . . peace is better than war, [but] war is better than tribute.” Yes, America, we cannot buy our way to peace with the Islamic world. Not then, not now!

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