Publius / Jul. 20, 2015

‘Grind ISIS Into the Dust’

David French, an attorney and Iraq War veteran writing in National Review, explains the simple answer to the “lone wolf” problem. “News flash: The single-most persuasive thing you can do to ‘win the war of ideas’ is obliterate ISIS. To the jihadist mind ISIS’s success is the best argument for more jihad. ISIS’s success inspires new foot soldiers, leading radical Muslims to believe that finally the tide is turning in their favor, that the caliphate is upon us. Jihad thrives on success. Conversely, it withers in the face of defeat. This should be a matter of common sense, but too many Americans misunderstand martyrdom, believing that successful military operations are self-defeating because they ‘create martyrs.’ No, martyrs are only truly inspiring (on a large scale) when they succeed, not when they fail.” More…

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