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Submitted by MelM (United States), Dec 8, 2006 at 02:42

Pretty good, pretty good!

1. "First, defeat the Islamist movement just as the fascist and communist movements were defeated – on every level and in every way, making use of every institution, public and private. This task falls mainly on non-Muslims, Muslim communities being generally incapable or unwilling to purge their own."

2. "In contrast, only Muslims can undertake the second step, the formulation and spread of an Islam that is modern, moderate, democratic, liberal, good-neighborly, humane, and respectful of women. Here, non-Muslims can help by distancing themselves from Islamist and supporting moderate Muslims"

The Nazi and Shinto militarist totalitarian movements were defeated by being destroyed with their insane dreams smashed into piles of rubble. Then, the politcal control of government by the ideologies was ended. If the power centers of Islamic totalitarianism are ended, then some better ideas would be able to at least get a hearing in Islamic countries. At this time, better ideas don't have much of a chance. Iran wants more purges of the universities and I saw a recent MEMRI video of a bigshot in Saudi Arabia threatening to "cut out the tongues" of "Westernizing intellectuals". The USSR wasn't smashed and the place still stinks 15 years later! Hmmm, interesting.

Here's a short but very comprehensive summary of where we've gone wrong in the fight against Islamic totalitarianism and what we need to do going forward. What Real War Looks Like by Elan Journo over at the blog of "The Objective Standard" journal. " ...Missing from the list [of the Iraq Study Group] is the one option our self-defense demands: a war to defeat the enemy. If you think we've already tried this option and failed, think again. Washington's campaign in Iraq looks nothing like the war necessary for our self-defense"...

Also in the forthcoming issue of this journal is an in-depth article about what we need to do. No Substitute for Victory The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism. Within this article is a link to a remarkable telegram sent from the State Department to MacArthur in Oct 1945. In a very few words it says what to do about political Shintoism in the future of Japan. In part is says: "Shintoism, however, insofar as it is directed by the Japanese government, and is a measure enforced from above by the government, is to be done away with." Can you see the appeasement craving "out reach" types at the State Department coming up with something like this? Can you see anybody in the White House or Senate coming up with this? No, but it's what's needed, and soon. The "Greatest Generation" managed to figure out what to do and get it done. Are we going to go down as the "Most Pathetic Generation"?

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