Tonight's Assignment

New guy Eric Raymond has been getting all the glory lately, but Doug Turnbull keeps churning out some of the smartest essays in the blogosphere.

Today he reminds us that the Terror War is, like World War II, primarily a war against an evil ideology:


Another way of looking at the problem (also taken from Clausewitz) is that each enemy can be battled on both an external and an internal front. In the fight against terrorism, the external front is battling the terrorists themselves. It is on this front that military action can be effective, and can prevent terrorist attacks by killing the terrorists themselves and disrupting their operations. But ultimately, attacking on this front is defensive


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