The American Interest

The American Interest
The American Interest\r\nMemorandum to\r\nPresident George W. Bush\r\nIn the aftermath of September 11, you\r\nhave done a reasonably good job managing\r\nthe crisis, symbolizing the nation's\r\nunity, restraining the laptop bombardiers,\r\nand preparing a military response that was\r\nneitlier hasty nor disproportionate. Now\r\nthat two months have passed, you have\r\nmore time to reflect on the long-term significance\r\nof that event and to draw relevant\r\nconclusions for the global strategy\r\nour country should follow over not only\r\nthe coming weeks and months, but years\r\nand decades. Having earned your spurs as\r\na trustworthy leader during the most traumahc\r\nmoment for America in at least six\r\ndecades, you are uniquely positioned to\r\nmake radical changes in our foreign {X)licy\r\nthat are necessary if we are to avoid\r\nsimilar tragedies in the years to come.\r\nWhile political considerations may\r\ntemporarily oblige you to say that "Islam\r\nis a religion of peace," you must understand\r\nthat Islam as such—not some allegedly\r\naberrant form of it—is the main\r\nidentifiable threat to America's global security\r\nin the coming century, and, in the\r\nlonger term, to the survival of our civilization.\r\nIslam has been synonymous\r\nwith violence and intolerance since its\r\nearliest days. Like communism or Nazism,\r\nIslam is part religion and part ideology,\r\nand it seeks to impose mind-numbing\r\nuniformity of thought and feeling\r\nupon its adherents,...

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