The Forever War: Eighteen years and counting

Robert Spencer explains “the forever war”:

Four years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Japanese empire and its Nazi partner had been relegated to the dustbin of history, and America was rebuilding from the ravages of warfare. Eighteen years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States was in the middle of a long period of peace and prosperity, and was looking confidently into a future that promised to be even better. The contrast with today, the eighteenth anniversary of the jihad bombings of New York and Washington, couldn’t be more stark.

Bernie Sanders and other Democrat presidential candidates have decried America’s “forever wars” and vowed to end them. But they want to end them not because they have been won, but because they believe that there is no significant jihad threat, and that therefore our continued presence in Afghanistan in particular, but in Syria and Iraq also, is pointless and self-defeating. They want to end the “forever” wars so that more American resources can be devoted to the chimera of climate change, the vastly overestimated “white supremacist” threat, and the deception of “Islamophobia.”

Yet oddly enough for liberal Democrats, they do have a point, or at least a partial one. The war in Afghanistan has become a “forever war” because it has no clear goal or end point and no definition of victory. What’s more, even if the Taliban were completely eradicated, the jihad threat against the United States would not be ended, because that threat doesn’t originate solely in Afghanistan, and in many ways has not even been addressed in the years since September 11, 2001.

The jihad threat can emanate from anywhere the Qur’an and Sunnah are preached and believed. But saying that in America eighteen years after 9/11 won’t result in any public consternation or calls for the monitoring of mosques; it will only get you defamed as a “racist” and an “Islamophobe,” to be dismissed and shunned by all decent people. Meanwhile, one imam in Georgia recently stated: “There has not been another 9/11-such attack in America because Islam is winning.”

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