The Legal Times, October 1, 2007, p. 69
Seeks Only Victory"
To the editor:
In his commentary “It’s Not Just al-Qaida” (Sept. 17, Page 68), Stuart Taylor
Jr.’s reference to the Islamic Republic of Iran as a “lunatic” regime was very
much appreciated. It was quite refreshing, given the number of articles that are
written daily by the appeasers and apologists of that theocratic dictatorship.
However, I disagree with his thought that all rogue regimes would actually
follow our leadership in abolition of nuclear weapons. Our most serious foreign
threat today is Islamofascism. Islamofascists or militant Islamists are not
interested in cooperation and understanding. They are not interested in bribes
and threats. Rather, they are interested in one thing—religious victory. Radical
Islamists believe non-Muslims are infidels. They believe they have a duty to
conquer the infidels.
As much as I admired the late President Ronald Reagan, he was not dealing with
Islamofascists. The 1979 Iranian hostage crisis did not even begin to give
people a clue as to what would come 20-some years later. And Bill Clinton was,
of course, clueless despite numerous attacks on American interests by militant
Islamists during his watch. So the suggestion that Islamofascist governments
such as the regime in Tehran could be grouped with and treated like
nontheocratic dictatorships is erroneous.
History has shown that militant Islamists will form alliances with other groups
based on their mutual hatred of secular democracies. After the
political/cultural “revolution,” however, the Islamofascists will slaughter
their nonreligious allies -- the leftists, communists, socialists, and the like.
Their alliances with these groups are temporary and based on their belief that
it is not immoral to be deceitful to further their religious goals. The 1979
Islamic revolution in Iran is the perfect example: After the shah was toppled,
the militant Islamists slaughtered their communist and National Front allies.
Islamofascists are a different type of enemy than the United States and its
allies have encountered in the past. They are ready to die for their fanatical
beliefs and to destroy countries in the process because they believe in
martyrdom, not nationalism. It is imperative that we understand the nature of
the threat we are facing before we choose a strategy for its defeat.
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