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Michael van der Galien

The War on Extremists is a War, Not a Law Enforcement Issue

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Posted on January 7 2010 8:30 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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It has become glaringly obvious to everyone with half a brain that the Obama administration doesn’t understand the nature of radical Islam – and the very real threat it poses to both the West and (non-extremists in) the Middle East -one bit. This is nothing more than a (minor) law enforcement problem to them. Governor Sarah Palin responded to this flawed way of of thinking on her FaceBook page. She writes:

President Obama’s meeting with his top national security advisers does nothing to change the fact that his fundamental approach to terrorism is fatally flawed. We are at war with radical Islamic extremists and treating this threat as a law enforcement issue is dangerous for our nation’s security. That’s what happened in the 1990s and we saw the result on September 11, 2001. This is a war on terror not an “overseas contingency operation.” Acts of terrorism are just that, not “man caused disasters.” The system did not work. Abdulmutallab was a child of privilege radicalized and trained by organized jihadists, not an “isolated extremist” who traveled to a land of “crushing poverty.” He is an enemy of the United States, not just another criminal defendant.

Palin is, of course, quite right. This is a very real war and President Obama and his fellow leftists are making a tragic mistake by thinking it’s merely a “law enforcement issue.”

One point on which I do disagree with Palin, by the way, is that I believe we should not to call this battle a “war on terror,” for the simple reason that you can’t wage war on a strategy. No, this isn’t a war on a terror but on islamic extremists (or radical muslims), who adhere to a (violent) ideology and who use terrorism to further their cause.

Let’s call this what it is; if we do, perhaps, just perhaps some Leftists will actually start to understand what kind of enemy we’re facing and how important it is that we and our allies prevail.

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