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Cold War Only Works with Atheists

Reader comment on item: "You can't fight Islamism with ideas coming out of Europe"

Submitted by TL Winslow (United States), Dec 1, 2010 at 16:04

" The Cold War effectively ended communism. The Islamist challenge must be defeated in similar fashion. 1945 resulted from blood and steel; 1991 resulted from complex factors, but it was in its final stages not violent. These are the endpoints, total violence and almost no violence. The way to victory against Islamism will surely fall somewhere in between."

Sorry, but the West already tried a Cold War approach with Kemalism, which is now crumbling. And the big difference is that atheistic Communists wouldn't want to risk destroying the only world they have, while Muslims wouldn't mind if they thought they'd obtain Allah's paradise, meaning that when they get nukes they won't hesitate to use them, read any Tom Clancy novel. Speaking of Cold War, what the West should have done a hundred years ago before there was even a Soviet Union was unite in the decision to exterminate Islam as an ideology by occupying every Muslim country and disarming it, like we later did with Japan and its emperor cult, then taking the children away from the parents to break the cycle of indoctrination and bring them up without seeing a Quran or mosque with a secular education before trusting them to do the right thing as adults. Back then the West alone could have done it, now with 1.x billion Muslims we'll have to swallow our pride and team with China and India to create an army of 50 million soldiers and 30-50 million teachers for a generation at least, after which there will be a new world order. It's easy to play ostrich or pretend we have the problem not Islam, but what will it take to give us the will? A nuclear explosion that kills millions and messes up the gene pool with mutations for generations? With Iran daily working to get nukes, followed by the other Muslim countries, even a 50-million-man army might not be enough, and millions of non-Muslims might end up killed before the occupation is complete. And let's not even try to imagine what might happen to poor Israel. Let's hope for the best and envision a 22nd century where Islam is an item strictly for museums and history books like the heart-chomping Aztec religion, and take the gloves off now with my Winslow Plan. ...

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