Oh, yes, the War on Terror -- remember? Or is it Terror's war on us? And against civilized humanity in general. Its object? The object of terrorism, Lenin is supposed to have said, is to terrorize. Nothing more. Terrorism requires no reason, only excuses, and there'll be plenty of time now, after the bloodbath in
The long war against terror just got longer -- and bloodier -- as the City of Light became a city of horrors. Last time we dared look, the death toll in
Yes, now we know better -- or should -- than to ask as we once did in the long-ago opening stages of this long, long war why the enemy hates us. It doesn't matter why. He just does. Fanaticism needs no rationalizations for murder. Time enough to come up with the latter, or even while the blood is still being washed off the sidewalks of
Now we know better -- or should -- than to turn our backs on these killers. They'll strike us down in an instant given the chance.
Now we know better -- or should -- than to be squeamish about any alliances of convenience we make in this unending war, even with some of the world's most brutal and repressive regimes if that's what it takes to wage this war against terror. And it doubtless will. Just as we made common cause with Our Fighting Russian allies during the Second World War to defeat Nazi
Now we know better -- or should -- than to put anything before wiping this enemy off the face of the earth. Whatever it's calling itself these days (ISIS? Islamic State?), it's just as treacherous.
Now we know better -- or should -- than to abandon allies like the oft-betrayed but ever-faithful Kurds and always beleaguered Israelis, who have their own war on terror to wage.
Now we know better -- or should by now -- than to ignore the kind of power vacuum that develops when America lets a civil war like the one in
Speaking at still another "peace" conference in
A French official told the
Now we know -- or should -- that there are all kinds of excuses but no good reasons to withdraw from the world rather than choosing to defend it and ourselves. The cost of our apathy was evident in
The choice is simple: Defend ourselves or die. And many paid the price of that choice last weekend in