My friend Ilana-Davita left a comment on yesterday’s post asking how I think the enemy I waxed so lyrical about can be defeated. I began to leave a lengthy comment in response to hers, but decided I would move it to today’s post. So for those who read yesterday’s post, that was the sermon, and today’s post is the substance.
Here are my suggestions for the defeat of those who seek to destroy Civilization:
1) With will. Acknowledge that this is in intractable enemy with no desire to negotiate or compromise. To ask ourselves whether this is really a war, whether we brought this on ourselves, and whether we can win this fight is to waste valuable time. (Rav Tzvi Freeman’s piece, to which I linked in yesterday’s post, addresses this issue nicely.) One of the weapons the enemy possesses is our own fear and doubt. To see the West struggling within itself, debating issues of human rights, sympathy and tolerance for intolerant minorities, blaming themselves and each other for the onset of this violence, and appeasing terrorists out of fear of reprisals, must be very encouraging to those who seek to destroy us. It shows them that one of their goals, i.e. that of demoralizing the West, is within reach.
2) With technology. The world must rid itself of dependence on oil as soon as possible. Oil money supports dictatorships which either actively support terrorism (in the case of Iran) or appease terrorists by supporting their institutions and turning a blind eye to their activities (in the case of Saudi Arabia). The West and the nascent industry of the Far East (India and China) must find and utilize alternative fuel sources in order to reduce the amount of oil money being used to destroy us.
3) With intelligence. The civilized world must coordinate its intelligence services to track international traffic of money and arms, training of terrorists, and terror activity. As long as law enforcement continues to operate locally throughout the world, international terror will continue to operate unchecked, utilizing sophisticated communication and dividing its resources between multiple countries and locations to throw off law enforcement.
4) With laws. UN Resolution 1373 calls for all member nations to work to thwart terrorists by isolating them, apprehending them, and refusing to provide them with aid or shelter. Yet the world seems resolved to ignore this resolution. Russia and the Ukraine supply arms to Hamas and the Sudanese Arabs, and no one says anything. Egypt, which on paper has a peace treaty with Israel, has turned a blind eye to the construction of a thousand tunnels between the Sinai and Gaza which are used to smuggle weapons, fuel, and supplies to thwart Israel’s legal blockade of Hamas. The world pressures Israel to continue to supply the Hamas terror state in Gaza with food, medicine, electricity, and free port access, and supplies the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank with funds, some of which are being used to pay employees of the Hamas terror state in Gaza. The world loves to bleat about Israel’s violations of international and humanitarian law, when in fact, forcing Israel to support the Hamas terror state (and doing so itself) is in direct violation of international law. When the UN makes laws, who is to obey them if the UN’s member states do not? (Credit is due to Caroline Glick’s November 20, 2008 column, "Civilization Walks the Plank.")
These are only some ideas for how to defeat the enemy. Someone better informed than I can probably think of many more. The civilized world is not helpless, but I do think it’s mired in doubt, and this is wasting valuable time. When I teach women to fight to defend themselves, they’re always scared. That fear can usually be turned to energy, and sometimes anger. But doubt has no place in a defensive fight, and one of the most valuable parts of the course is getting women past the doubting stage: Is this really happening? Did I ask for this? Am I worthy of defending? During the class, they make up their minds that they are worth defending, and they walk out with that resolve, plus the tools to enforce it. The world has to get past the doubting stage too, and start developing the tools to combat international terror in an effective fashion.