April 24, 2012

Good News: War on Terror Officially Over

If it's over, then to paraphrase Han Solo why don't we blow this thing and go home?

"The war on terror is over," one senior State Department official who works on Mideast issues told me. "Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism."
Legitimate Islamism. I'm wondering exactly what that would look like? Because if we care about the basic rights of people, then not even moderate Islamism is a goal worthy of pursuing.

Also, if the war on terror is over then why are Islamists in Somalia, Kenya, Syria, Yemen, Mali, the Philippines, Nigeria, etc., etc. still killing their fellow Muslims and those allied with them?

If we're going to declare the war on terror over, maybe someone should tell our opponents.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:53 AM | Comments |