Sunday, September 6, 2009
A New War Against Radical Islam - Conclusion
The U.S. needs to start instilling some terror of our own in our enemies. The current fear faced by Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region -- that they could be killed at any minute by a drone strike -- should be extended to terrorist enemies across the globe. Rather than fear arrest, every member of an Islamic terror organization, their supporters, and the radical Islamic clerics who cheer them on, should be made to live their lives waiting for a bullet in the head from a U.S.-directed assassin.
As I've argued repeatedly, the U.S. needs to take the offensive against radical Islam and its anti-American terror efforts. Sitting on defense by relying on security measures, passive intelligence gathering, and law enforcement is a recipe for another major attack. Asymmetric warfare between the U.S. and non-state terrorist organizations requires new methods of fighting, and new weapons. The CIA can and should be deployed as such a weapon, not chained down with legal restrictions or pilloried for things it did in the past.
Unfortunately there is little hope that anything I've suggested will be done by the current administration, or probably by any administration unless another terrorist attack hits the U.S. If that happens, the first thing we are likely to see are increased security measures which put greater restrictions on our free society. I would like to avoid that possibility.