Michael Ledeen, over at Pajamas Media, has an excellent post entitled “It’s a Real War, Stupid. A Big War. A Worthy Challenge for America”. You should read it.
His point is that we need to recognize the uncomfortable reality that radical Islam has declared war on us, and that we must confront this as a worldwide war rather than a series of unrelated regional and local conflicts.
His analysis is correct and perceptive. Unfortunately, it is hard to muster much hope for our success, given the general collapse of Western resolve. It is hard to see the West facing up to ANY of its problems, denialism having become our operative mode.
But the need is clear: We must mobilize all of the West’s resources in the struggle against Radical Islam, as Truman did in 1948 against communism. Support for friends, non-support of enemies, active propaganda, and direct force when and where needed.
Syria is indeed a critical battlefield. But we must not forget the most dangerous threat we face:Iran’s drive to become a nuclear power.
We have dropped the ball on Iran long enough. The recent reports of their uranium centrifuges being moved to “bombproof” subterranean sites suggest that the door is fast closing on our options. A Syrian revolution, no matter how successful, will not stop Iran’s centrifuges. Even an Iranian uprising might not do it.
A worldwide war must be waged simultaneously on many fronts. But right now, no front is more pressing than Iran.