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How do we do that?

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Submitted by Sheerahkahn (United States), Oct 1, 2002 at 18:04

How do you fight an enemy who feels that his religion, Islam, will grant him rewards in the after life for killing as many non-Muslims as he can lay his bloody hands on in the here and now?

A long time ago, I heard a Marine reply once to the comment about the Muslims' willingness to martyr themselves," Hell, I'll give them what they want, I'm willing to help martyr them."

Even though the bravado was impressive, and there was much chuckling at the riposte, the facts remain that later a truck drove into a building and one Muslim killed over 200 hundred Marines with a truck bomb. Not an auspicious start for our Marines.

The War on Terrorism cannot be fought with bombs alone, or even with gung-ho Marines who are willing to martyr the Muslim "fanatics."

The war has to take on a new shape, a new direction. The battlefield as it stands now, is the Muslims' battlefield, a tit-for-tat exchange of combat which will eventually lead down the road to bigger problems. We have much to lose, but the Muslim radical has nothing to lose and everything to gain in his "paradise."

The way to defeat the Islamic radical is to take paradise away from him.

The question then becomes, how do we do that?
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