Monday, July 31, 2006

How to Lose to Terrorists by Ben Stein

How to Lose to Terrorists
Published 7/31/2006 12:09:22 AM
The American Spectator
Ben Stein

We are in real serious trouble, and I'll tell you how and why I know it:

* Because the Hezbollah -- as has been well reported -- launches missiles at purely civilian targets in Israel as a matter of course, and no one in Europe or in the American left says "boo" about it. It's considered the Hezbollah's "right" to kill Israelis and when they do, they boast about it and promise to do more;

* Because it's been also well documented that the Hezbollah hides behind civilian targets and adjacent to civilian dwellings in Lebanon to fire its rockets at Israel, and when Israel fires back and mistakenly hits a home with civilians, the world of "intellectuals" and "thinkers" blames Israel and calls Israel bloodthirsty;

* Because when the Israelis kill civilians, they apologize, but when the terrorists kill civilians, they brag -- and the beautiful people scream at Eretz Israel and excuse the terrorists;

* Because if you substitute "America" for "Israel" and the "terrorists in Iraq" for the Hezbollah, you get what's happening in Iraq;

* Because it is impossible to beat a terrorist movement without using terror tactics, and we as a people of compassion and restraint, both in Israel and the U.S., will not use terror tactics even when survival is at stake, and this means we will not survive.

It is very much as if, after Pearl Harbor, after the bombing of London, we said, "We will fight the Japanese and the Nazis, but we will only use humane means, and we will show total restraint and will never kill civilians. And we will search our souls and agonize about every move."

It is this attitude that kept the United States from winning in Korea, in Vietnam, and now in Iraq. If we had followed that code of suicide, we would have lost World War II and the world would have been plunged into eternal darkness. You cannot fight inhumane people with humane means. You cannot fight savages with one hand -- no, two hands -- tied behind your back. No wars were ever won using restraint and only civilized means. That's a formula for complete defeat and for the end of civilized life. If we allow our media and French intellectuals to prevent us and the Israelis from using the means necessary to win, we'll Lebanon, in Iraq, and everywhere and this civilization is very well worth preserving. Yes, as sad as it would be to use terror tactics to win a war, it would be incomparably worse to lose. At the end of the war we win, there is light. At the end of the war we lose, there is the end.

Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He also writes "Ben Stein's Diary" in every issue of The American Spectator.

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At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Mason said...

Unfortunately I believe Ben Stein is correct. The bombing of Hiroshima was horrific but it saved millions of Japanese civilian lives as well as Americans. The blitz of Berlin was horrific, the holocaust was horrific. War takes the lives of innocents as well as the war mongers and hate filled warriors. It is also dispictable when they hide behind children and women dresses. War is in itself horrific but is necessary as long as the world is full of Fascists militant muslims and the like who are out to impose their ideology on the world. Any student of history should recognize this. Just turn to the period 400 to 900 AD when the Mulsims overran Europe. The European Christian churches were turned into mosques. Unfortunately the liberals and free thinkers of the world (free thinkers are the ones who ignore histroy and logic), never learn their history lessons, never understand the world about them. Remember the free thinkers in France...we had to bail them out of World War I and if that wasn't enough we had to bail them out of World War II and it appears we will have to bail them out of World War III, but as i see it who will bail us out of World War II. I am sure the liberals will cower in thier cellars and hope the muslims will go away. THEY WON"T!!!

At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Joe Alves Jr. said...

I agree with Ben Stein. If Liberals had to fight any war, they'd want to be fair and have our soldiers fight with one hand tied behind their backs. If you have to fight a war, you fight it to win. One only has to look back at the Carter and Johnson Administrations, and the deplorable way that they ran this country and botched everything. Bill Clinton really didn't care, because of the fact that he was a draft dodger, he held a low opinion of the military. I believe you'll get more of the same if his wife ever gets in in 08. They can say anything they want about President Bush, but until a better man on either side of the aisle comes along, I'd much prefer having this President drafted for at least two more terms. Slick political hacks like Kerry and Gore don't show me anything in the way of leadership. If we have to have a woman in the White House, I'd much prefer Condi Rice.

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Jonus said...

"Terrorists" will win but not necessarily because of what Mr. Stein has said here. They will win because they are fighting a political war while the US and Israel are fighting a military war. The US and Israel are doing nothing to win over the average Middle Easterner. Bombing people's country is one way to be DAMN sure they are going to hate you for the rest of their lives. I'd think we would have learned from history(Vietnam in particular) that you can not win a war if you turn the population against you. Now the question is really how do you win over the middle east population? I don't think you do it militarily but apparently that is how most people with power think you do it.

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Bob Dahl said...

Ben Stein is right: Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out. Let's show 'em what democracy is really all about.

At 6:12 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Those damned Israelis - always defending themselves!


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