Barry Rubin writes about the global threat of Revolutionary Sunni Islamism and says that, while Western victory is assured, the question is how many will have to die before that victory takes place. And he wonders if our policies are helping us or hurting us.
They will lose. Just as the Communists did; just as the Nazis did; just as the Fascists and Japanese militarists did. But how many decades will it take? How many millions of people dead and injured? How much human potential and natural resources wasted?
And will Western policy make easier the ultimate triumph of moderation, moderation that includes millions of anti-Islamist Muslims and also includes lots of Middle Eastern Berbers, Kurds, Turks, Iranians, Druze, Christians and—yes—Israel. Or will the West make things harder, longer, and worse.
Of victory, I have no doubt. Of Western good sense, all too much uncertainty.
Read it all here.