To The Editor:
Islamic societies try to destroy European culture.
France tried to buy the Islamic folk long ago, it didn’t work.
The British tried a divide-and-conquer military approach, it didn’t work.
The United States tried to bomb them back to the Stone Age, it didn’t work.
The reason for these failures is the same: You can’t disable an enemy unless you have some respect for him, and to do that you have to put understanding before anger and hate. How often do we ask ourselves, “What do these folk do better than us?”
Disabling is the goal — you may defeat them temporarily, but that’s only temporary ….. his children and grandchildren will take his place later, stronger and meaner. The best way to disable an enemy is, first, to make him an ally — which requires finding a common enemy — and, second, distract him with promises that keep him going in circles.
Hitler tried to make an ally of the Islamic countries, first by using the name “Aryan” for his imaginary race (as a sign of respect), then by finding a common enemy (the English and French). His war ended before promises could be made, however.
The U.S. began trying this approach in the early 1950s (the Russians were the common enemy) by means of the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO) — Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq ….. and the U.S.
This might have worked, but before any promises could be made Vietnam (and the opportunity to test new weapons) proved too much of a temptation for the American generals.
The word “strategy” nowadays is thrown around like a frisbee, but there is no real strategy.
Our politicians can only lament unregulated immigration, our generals declare military action coupled with financial disbursements (bribes) and propaganda, (i.e. “hearts and minds”) will get the job done, and our coffee shop gossip consists of anger and hate.
Meanwhile, the Islamic countries still try to destroy European culture.
Sam Reynolds, Oklahoma City
Editor’s Note: Sam Reynolds is an artist, and a faithful reader of this website.