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Fanatical Islamists constitute a Deja Vu

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Submitted by Dr. Jack Lawson (United States), May 25, 2017 at 08:03

I have followed with interest your debate with Sherman on 'Israeli Victory'. In many ways, your argument (with which I agree) is a deja vu from the Second World War. And here I wish to expand the debate.

The Western democracies have been here before when confronted with the bushido doctrine of the Japanese. My father was involved in the conflict in the Far East. He witnessed first hand, as did his many comrades, the suicidal fanaticism of the Japanese military, from Banzai charges to kamikazes and explosive-laden satchel-carrying individuals. Honour after death.

As an historian you will know how the Japanese militarists refused any move towards a negotiated settlement or surrender. They were certain that the bushido/samurai spirit could ultimately defeat the soft West. Even when warned about the ultimate weapon derived from the Manhattan Project, they scoffed. Only when the US struck decisively on Hiroshima and Nagasaki did they have reason to rethink their position. I see the West stuck on the horns of a dilemma. Liberal-minded politicians in Europe are hoping to win over the Muslim population within EU borders with tolerance and material comforts.

They simply cannot believe that there can be human beings who think differently about the world and human society--even after suffering at the hands of Nazi aggression and Japanese expansionism in the East. And they forget--as do the Americans--of what it took to bring both Nazi ideology and Bushido philosophy to an end. If Britain and the US had tried to deal with each act of Japanese aggression as discrete incidents (Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Singapore et al), where would the world be now?

Back to your Israel Victory argument, to date Israel is addressing discrete attacks--or 'cutting the grass' as some ME Forum writers have put it. And this is a microcosm of what the West is doing with the ongoing onslaught of jihadists--the latest being Manchester. Even if, as some pundits put it, only 1% of Muslims are radicalised, that still amounts to an army of more than 15 million willing suicide bombers. And with their kill ratio always being much greater than their attrition rate....well, it shouldn't take a genius to figure out that they will eventually grind the West down unless more decisive action and preventative measures are taken now. And I don't see that happening.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
...dreams, rehashed [146 words]yuval Brandstetter MDMay 28, 2017 02:09239347
What Victory Looks Like - Israel Stability & Peace Plan [682 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Bear KleinMay 27, 2017 15:40239343
A tricky problem [111 words]Michael SMay 30, 2017 05:32239343
2Fanatical Islamists constitute a Deja Vu [388 words]Dr. Jack LawsonMay 25, 2017 08:03239298
1Banzai! everyone [485 words]Michael SJun 5, 2017 14:31239298
... pipe dream [374 words]Mark S RosenblitMay 24, 2017 13:02239283
1Statehood includes the right for military buildup and alliances [143 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
PezDispenserMay 23, 2017 04:24239256
Locale of such a "Pal State" an open question.... [113 words]Aryeh GreenMay 23, 2017 04:02239255
No [191 words]SurakMay 22, 2017 15:52239241
1Litmus test for Palestinian Statehood [195 words]PrashantMay 21, 2017 22:50239223
Already [6 words]Sohel A BahjatMay 21, 2017 17:55239216
1$$How much for peace?$$ The bottom line. [482 words]Michael SMay 21, 2017 17:17239215
The Price for Peace in Israel is not counted in Rupees, Dinar, Sheckels or Dollars; Zech 12:9; Proverbs 1:10-19 [511 words]M ToveyMay 25, 2017 14:06239215
Eternal justice. [116 words]Michael SMay 27, 2017 01:26239215
Proverbs 1:2 Seeking the Face of His Understanding - Waiting for Eternal Justice [445 words]M ToveyMay 31, 2017 16:02239215
If you stop worrying about misguided world opinion... [151 words]Steven KatzMay 21, 2017 15:19239213
Sorry Mr. Pipes, ... Part I [662 words]Richard MartinsMay 21, 2017 13:12239211
1Reply to Dr. Pipes implicit point that Arab sponsored anti-semitism is no longer a problem.... [333 words]
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Bryan TaplitsMay 21, 2017 11:47239210
1Getting the semantics wrong [288 words]Joy Moss-RendellMay 21, 2017 07:48239207
JORDAN IS THE PALESTINIAN STATE [175 words]Ilne RichmanMay 21, 2017 07:13239206
Re: Palestinian Statehood Is Acceptable … Eventually [44 words]BarryMay 21, 2017 05:43239205
It is the Arab Conflict, not Israel. [660 words]YJ DraimanMay 21, 2017 03:27239203
2Utterly Insane notion! [82 words]UNCLE VLADDIMay 20, 2017 22:38239201
1Partial agreement [110 words]DajjalMay 23, 2017 18:47239201
2Egypt is not Arabia [43 words]UNCLE VLADDIMay 27, 2017 00:17239201
1It's all Dar ak-Islam, Unk! [60 words]DajjalMay 27, 2017 00:59239201
You calling them "Palestinians" is a direct subversion of Israel [27 words]
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NurttGMay 20, 2017 21:51239200
Wider Implications of Real Peace [180 words]DaveMay 20, 2017 21:20239199

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