Skip to comments.Charles Krauthammer: Past the Apogee: America Under Pressure
Posted on 12/18/2006 5:59:04 AM PST by Tolik
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Distilled to its essence...
"As the Bush Doctrine has come under attack, there are those in America who have welcomed its apparent setbacks and defeats as a vindication of their criticism of the policy. But the problem is that that kind of vindication leaves America in a position where there are no good alternatives. The reason that there is general despair now is because if it proves to be true that the Bush Doctrine has proclaimed an idea of democratizing the Arab/Islamic world that is unattainable and undoable, then there are no remaining answers to how to counter ultimately the threat of Islamic radicalism."
Which will grow here.
"Distilled to its essence..."
The problem is that we AREN'T trying to change the culture in the Middle East.
There are other plausible answers. We didn't try to change German and Japanese culture until AFTER we had defeated them.
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President BUSH has promised...
Freedom's Return to:
Communist North Korea
..as well aa..
Freedom's Arrival to:
All the Countries of the Middle East
...as America's own best self-protection against future terrorist attacks here at home.
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It isn't the only plausible answer. What it is is a politically correct anwer.
It's also the wrong answer.
Indeed! Thanks for the ping.
When you 'grab a tiger by the tail'... your objective better be not to just hang on.
"When you 'grab a tiger by the tail'... your objective better be not to just hang on."
Apparently, victory in Iraq isn't the goal. Just an "acceptable level of stability".
It remains the only plausible answer--changing the culture of that area, no matter how slow and how difficult the process.
Distilled to its essence...
An excellent article, thanks for posting. However, after several years of trying to change their culture, I think we're not being realistic about it. Our biggest mistake was allowing them to enshrine Islam in their constitution, because Islam is incompatible not only with democracy, but with a legal system based on natural law (and its concordant rights), as ours is.
I think Bush and all of us were doing and thinking the right and honorable thing, but I think that Bush - and almost all of us - knew a lot less about Islam in those days.
I no longer think we can change their culture, nor do I think we should engage in alliances with one or another faction of it. We have to offer them what we have. If they don't want it, that's okay - as long as they keep their hands up and don't attack us. Otherwise, I think we should completely wipe them out, because that's the only way we will survive.
It is an excellent analysis of the situation.
However in my opinion Mr. Krauthammer has reached an incorrect conclusion and said as much.
We have to offer them what we have.
They don't seem to want it.
. If they don't want it, that's okay - as long as they keep their hands up and don't attack us.
Their belief system precludes that, apparently.
Otherwise, I think we should completely wipe them out, because that's the only way we will survive.
I concur. The Brits didn't try to 'reason' or 'negotiate' with the Thugee cult in India during the Raj. They simply wiped it out. They did so because it was a death cult which required its members to kill those who didn't believe as they did.
islam is very similar in that regard.
Therefore in my opinion it should be dealt in exactly the same manner.
He's a sober and sane voice in a city full of babble.
There is no other answer. These people must decide their own destiny.
Sharia lives in both countries we conquered. It is like winning Europe and handing it over to the Soviets.
Sharia is growing in America, too.
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