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Can fundamentalist terrorism be eliminated?

Posted by Quotable on April 03, 2003 at 08:32:14

"This fear too is erroneous. Terrorist organizations like bin Laden's, the Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad are not as formidable as either German Nazism or Japanese militarism, both of which were exterminated within five years of America going to war and have not plagued the planet since. The Waffen SS, Gestapo, the Kamikazes, and the Japanese army at Bataan were all more horrific than the Taliban. Terrorism is a tumor with tentacles, but these can be excised by frequent and continued air strikes, coupled with sudden ground incursions and ongoing counterinsurgency. The hosts can be given a series of ongoing ultimatums: to surrender suspects, demolish camps, and cease monetary support - or face the month-by-month, systematic destruction of their military assets, banks, and communications. Add in financial, economic, and cultural ostracism, and terrorism can and will be crushed - if the United States is willing to give treasure and lives for the greater good and for our children's future."

(Note that this was written right after 9/11)

From "War Myths - What not to believe" by Victor Davis Hanson. The author most recently of "Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power."