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The United States Must Conquer Iran

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Submitted by James (United States), Sep 15, 2005 at 21:46

The "war on terror", which should properly be called "the war on militant Islam" could have been won by now, and should have. It took the Allies less than four years to defeat Germany and Japan in World War II.

The reason it was successful then was that the goal was simply to destroy the threat posed by our enemies. We did not squander resources trying to spread "democracy", build schools or water plants to help the civilians in the enemy countries. We did not hold back in using the full power of our military. We didn't risk the lives of our soldiers to prevent civilian casualties. We didn't cringe in the face of world opinion - we had the moral confidence to know what we were doing was justified.

What is needed now is the widespread recognition that Western civilization, based on the concept of individual rights, is morally superior to the savage culture of militant Islam. We already have the overwhelming military power to defeat our enemies - we only need the justification to use it.

We should invade and occupy Iran for two years, and give the commanders on the ground the authority to systematically identify and destroy targets of military and industrial value, and kill those individuals involved in the movement of militant Islam (including those clerics who provide moral support for those who carry out the concrete acts of violence). After destroying the threat, we leave. It's not our concern what happens after. It would take them decades to recover.

True, perhaps in a few more decades another threat would arise, but that seems to be how history works. By the time another threat arises, we will be ready for another war.

The solution is to destroy our enemies, not to pass restrictions on civil liberties at home, such as banning burquas and allowing random bag searches on subways.

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