Really bad news.
This Iranian commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, Amir Taheri, says that the Islamofascists must convert the world to Islam or die.
They cannot be reasoned with, they feel no pity, they absolutely will not stop.
He uses the grisly murder of Theo Van Gogh as an example. As Van Gogh was being shot, then stabbed, then having his throat cut, he begged his attacker to talk to him. "Surely we can discuss this," he kept saying as the shots kept coming. "Let us talk it over." No use. The Muslim murderer would not stop. He had no desire to talk. Van Gogh had to die. Period.
As Taheri lays it out, the task really seems simple, but difficult and time consuming. A two pronged strategy is apparent.
First, go to where the majority of them are and kill them there. That includes the "magnet" theory, denounced by the left as the "flypaper" theory. Create a battleground where they will come out from behind their women and children and fight us. That eliminates a lot of them. It also demonstrates that we are willing to fight and die and make the sacrifices necessary to protect ourselves. What makes this approach distasteful to us are the innocents who die in such a fight. The Islamofascists don't fight face-to-face. They blow up women and children with martyrs chained to their bombs. Why are they chained? So they don't experience an enlightening thought like, "What am I doing here?" at the last second and chicken out. Many of these martyrs are simply delivery drivers. They are not trusted to detonate the explosives themselves so it is done by remote device.
The second prong is to bring steadily increasing pressure to bear on the governments who harbor and support the madrassas, or Islamic schools, all over the Middle East, Europe, America, Canada and Australia that churn out thousands of martyr wannabees every year. This is the time consuming part. The West cannot take overwhelming diplomatic, economic and military action against these governments because, if the governments fall, in most cases what replaces them would be worse than what we already face.
Cases in point would be Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan. We know that these governments, in order to keep some kind of lid on their restive populations, permit and even encourage radical clerics to poison the minds of impressionable young students. The governments, especially in the cases of Egypt and Pakistan, have nothing to offer their young people anyway. Better that they learn the whys and the hows of killing New Yorkers at their desks or Londoners in their commuter buses than royal family members in their palaces. After graduation from the madrassas, it's off into the big outside world to murder women and children and to be killed while doing so. This opens up desks in the madrassas for a new crop of followers of Allah and also takes them off the streets.
Anyone who believes that we can negotiate with these maniacs needs to think again. Negotiate about what? Their demand is that we renounce our various infidel religions and governments and render ourselves subservient to Islam and Sharia law. Their demand is not negotiable. They have been taught that Allah will accept nothing less. They are almost all going to have to die somewhere, somehow, sometime, not always in places, manners and times of our choosing.
What a mess confronts the leaders of the Western world. Bush and Blair and John Howard know this. Their task is to convince their peoples of it and keep the pressure on in spite of calls for alternate methods. There are no alternate methods. And it confronts the leaders of the Middle Eastern world also. They must know in their hearts that their days are numbered. The only ways they have managed to retain their velvet seats in plush surroundings is by mollifying and supporting the martyr factories or by brutally suppressing the Islamofascists. The deal with the radical clerics in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and many other places in the Middle East is, "You go out and kill Americans, Spaniards, Italians and whomever and that's ok. We'll even help. You start making too much trouble here and we'll round you up and kill you all." Left with this choice, which is really a safety device to let off steam, the choice for the radicals is an easy one. Better to send off brainwashed youngsters to die killing infidels than to die themselves, right there at home.
Some wag, I believe it was Jeff Greenfield, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, said only half jokingly that Bush should publicly say, "Our God is stronger than your God, and we are going to show you that now." Greenfield or whomever, I really can't remember now, recognized immediately that this was, in the minds of the Islamofascists, Holy War.
So, here they come. And they will keep on coming. They absolutely will not stop. Until they are all dead and there are no more to come.
James Joyner @ OTB: Quite right.
Democracy Guy: Don't fight. We might get hurt.
Overtaken by Events: The Captain Hook approach
Don Singlrton: Just like EVIL always does.
The Anchoress: ...if they could slaughter 38,000 instead of 38, they would do so with relish.
Betsy's Page: And it is not something that we can bargain with them about or appease them to stop from killing us.
Harry's Place: The idea that al-Qaeda was no threat until we created it does not stand the slightest scrutiny...
USS Neverdock: BBC runs up the white flag
GM's Corner: Imams should police their own
CrosSwords: ...most Muslims do NOT appreciate their faith being hijacked...
Blast Furnace Blog - Words are cheap, my friend.
Michelle Malkin is drawing inspiration
A Laman's Point of View: Well, let's stop them.
Greyhawk: Who's next?
The Word Unheard: This is about an ideology.
Euphoric Reality: Hear's gloating from the left. RETALIATE!
Mrs. Greyhawk: Dawn Patrol
CDR Salamander: Hears ghosts of Churchill and Longshanks (he loved haggis, didn't he?)
Dean's World: Great photo - NOBODY MESSES WITH MY MOMMA
Winds of Change: George "Lord Haw Haw" Galloway
Michelle Malkin with more on Mayor Ken "Red" Livingston
Les Enfants Terrible: A New Day In London
Jawa Report with response from Middle Eastern Press - form your own opinions
Joust the Facts with a long linklist
Danny Carlton says terror's purpose is to make people afraid - ain't workin' in Londontown
Jonathon and Wanda Rantings: Ayatollah says Osama a U.S. creation
The Captain: Britain's Muslims worried about a backlash.
Reasoned Audacity with photo of London update
Steal the Bandwagon: from London, "It's Tony Blair's fault!"
The Conservative Man with big linklist
On the Wright with blog title of the day; Kill Them and Break Things
Conservative Outpost with roundup of bombing related comments
The Art of the Blog: Loony Left blames Bush
The Brainster: Air Idiot theory = Rove Caused Bombings!
The Brainster, again: Steyn says, "...retain the will to defeat them on their own ground...
Southern Appeal: Can you say, "Terrorist puppet?"
QandO: Hamas condemns London bombs but it's Okey Dokey in Israel
Arthur Chrenkoff: examines varying Londoner's response - worrisome
Betsy's Page: How deep do terrorist's tentacles go in UK?
It Comes In Pints?: GITMO - enforce Geneva Conventions: try'em and hang'em.
Small Dead Animals: waiting for plaintive cries of tolerance and understanding
Combs Spouts Off: finds sanity on the non-loony left
The Counterterrorism Blog: chock full o' links to professional's opinions
No More Mister Nice Blog: attack by one of several sleeper cells planted years ago?
RexBlog: many links to eyewitness photos from London
Scared Monkeys: Bloggers say, "Don't be intimidated."
Secuñar Blasphemy: more on leftist revolutionary mythology
RantingProfs: blasts unqualified ignorant reporters
Michelle Malkin: neither rain nor sleet nor murdered countrymen stop the G8 protesters
Ace of Spades: wouldn't waste time searching for "Stan" or "Cavendish". Try Muhamed.