Rae has an insightful letter from a Marine who is on duty in Falujah. I remember reading somewhere that Michael Moore asked Bill O’Reilly, “Would you send your children to Falujah?”. Well, here goes an answer:
To be frank, [Islamic fundamentalist elements in Falujah] will never accept a peaceful coexistence with free people. Their rhetoric and will to enforce their extremist beliefs are mutually exclusive with anything but direct conflict. We will be fighting them until a clear winner is determined.
Like so many of history’s failed villains, these terrorists truly believe that free people can be broken and do not possess the will to persevere in the face of real adversity…
There is no reasoning with these groups. In fact it is alarming that mature nations have succumbed so quickly to their terror tactics and have withdrawn their troops in the face of threats. No doubt it is a cultural issue because it is impossible to fathom how these nations can believe that the very people who have acted so wickedly against them and compelled them to bend to the enemy’s will on a globally humiliating stage are now capable of restraint and possibly compassion. The unfortunate reality is that by breaking ranks, these nations have diminished their own security and those of other nations committed to fight terrorism around the globe.
The rest of the letter is equally priceless. Read it here.