The Corner

Re: Lethal Threats

Derb, you of all people should be able to solve the question you pose mathematically:

On 9/11 the hijackers murdered more than 3,000 Americans in a single day. By contrast, Soviet ICBMs backed by a huge conscript army, navy and air force killed zero Americans.

Let’s move on to your other questions:

Q: Which major war have the jihadi armies recently won? A: They almost defeated us in Iraq — but a new and improved strategy seems to be now winning the day. Jihadis do hold the reins of power in Iran which controls Syria and the two are working on taking over Lebanon. Bangladesh and other corners of the world may soon be ruled by jihadis and their armies — as may Pakistan.

Q: How many armored divisions do they have? A: A very relevant question in World War II. I suggest it may be quite irrelevant in the current global conflict.

Q: How many European nations have they subjugated and installed puppet governments in? A: Read “America Alone” by Mark Steyn to see how they may subjugate Europe — without deploying a single armored division.

Q: What’s their industrial capacity? How many engineers, doctors, physicists, chemists, mathematicians do they produce every year? A: Again, this would be relevant were we still fighting World War II. We are not.

Q: How extensive is their espionage network? A: How extensive is ours?

Q: How many of our intelligentsia think they are a positive and progressive force? A: Quite a few members of the left intelligentsia think they are a positive and progressive force but why do you ask? Why would you presume that what our intelligentisa think could determine the outcome of any war?

Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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