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Heroes (Brits) of the Day

For all those who either hoped for, or feared, a stinging defeat for our side in Afghanistan, try this account of a battle between the Brits and the Taliban. The Taliban had several big advantages: position, surprise, they decided when and where to start it, etc. But after the fighting raged for a while, they ran. As Toby Keith once sang, they ran like rabbits, from a major firefight. “They start it, we finish it,” as a British soldier put it.

Which is why the jihadis are having so much internal dissention. I am told that they are now using remote controlled vehicles for “suicide missions” in Iraq. Apparently it’s harder and harder to find martyrs.

As I wrote in The War Against the Terror Masters before the battle of Iraq began, ideology is closely linked to reality; a messianic movement generally falls apart, and its ideology with it, when the messiah’s fighters are defeated. So it was with communism; so it is with the jihadis. We should press our current advantage. Faster.

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...


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