Monday, June 12, 2006

War of Ideology

One of the more prescient points made by the great Codemorse was a recent point that the War on Terror is really a battle of ideas (I'm paraphrasing, of course). In that, we could not agree more.

How to best win a battle of ideology seems to at least need to start with the recognition that we're in a battle. We're not there yet, so says Mark Steyn.


At 1:05 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

I think that where you and I tend to disagree is in the "hows" of the matter.

How does one combat ideology? I'd argue that armed conflict of the sort we're engaged in is - unless enforced by a militarism that defies the word "democracy" - largely ineffectual. Why? Because it treats the symptom, not the disease.

What causes terrorism? Answering that question is vital to its defeat. And proposing that what causes it is an inherent or innate evil (something you've not done, to my knowledge, but which others have done ad nauseum) is only going to exacerbate the problem. Because what causes terrorism isn't the presence/existence of "evil." What causes terrorism is radical faith.

This is not to say that the military is not necessary, because that's as much of a falsity as terrorism being powered by an evil battery. It is to say that ideology cannot be killed.

We need to fight that ideology, and we need to do it in a way that is inclusive of Islam and of its peoples.


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