July 19, 2005

The Indecisiveness of Western Leaders

Cal Thomas blasts the indecisiveness of Western leaders in dealing with the war against Islamic terrorism:

DOLGELLAU, Wales — Thank goodness for those history channels that bring back the generals and politicians of the past who, by contrast, make many of today's leaders look indecisive. I saw President Harry Truman on one of them last week. In a speech to the nation near the end of World War II, Truman rejected suggestions that the Allies seek accommodation with Japan, rather than victory. Truman would have none of it, saying only Japan's "unconditional surrender" would be acceptable. Contrast that with the conciliatory blather of today. Prime Minister Tony Blair is inviting British and Muslim leaders to a meeting Tuesday at 10 Downing Street where it is reported he will urge worldwide action to uproot what he has called the "evil ideology" and "twisted teaching" that lay behind the London bombings. Here's what Blair should say to the Muslim leaders: "The onus is on you guys. You find and shut down the terrorists and their network. You turn those who incite, plan and encourage violence over to the authorities. If you don't act, we will by closing and bulldozing the mosques and schools that incubate and instruct the killers, prosecuting the terrorists we find and deporting them and their clerics, and closing our borders to anyone from countries that harbor and teach terrorists. Those who are British citizens will be stripped of their citizenship."

In my opinion, the problem stems from political correctness. No politician wants to come across as insulting a religion. So, rather than hold Muslim leaders accountable for reforming their religion and assisting the government in rooting out the terrorist cells, these politicians hold high profile "meetings" with Muslim leaders and tell anyone who will listen that "Islam is a religion of peace". Look, I think it is important to remind the public that the Islamists are a violent sect of the religion of Islam and are not representative of all Muslims - it is highly appropriate to avoid any public backlash against Muslims. However, once that is done, why can't Tony Blair or Geroge Bush give the Muslim leaders a simple ultimatum: clean up your house or we will (and I can assure you that you won't like how we do it).
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