These words, this snippet, sums for me the error of the war on terror, which is launched against
“a criminal menace rather than anything on a par with past strategic threats”.
And there’s much more in this healthy rant.
“While the Islamists may declare their ambition to be a ‘western caliphate’, this is as ludicrously implausible as the dreams of 19th-century anarchists.
“The rantings of Osama bin Laden cannot justify reversing the tide of western liberty.
“Indeed, while arming against communism helped defeat communism, arming against terrorism only feeds the beast.”
Exhibit A: Eisenhower’s thesis.