"My correspondence with liberals has convinced me that liberalism has grown dangerously out of touch with the realities of our world — specifically with what devout Muslims actually believe about the West, about paradise and about the ultimate ascendance of their faith. On questions of national security, I am now as wary of my fellow liberals as I am of the religious demagogues on the Christian right.
This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that "liberals are soft on terrorism." It is, and they are. A cult of death is forming in the Muslim world — for reasons that are perfectly explicable in terms of the Islamic doctrines of martyrdom and jihad. The truth is that we are not fighting a "war on terror." We are fighting a pestilential theology and a longing for paradise," - Sam Harris, author of the compelling book, "The End of Faith."
I didn't agree with all of that book, but am very grateful for it. The position Harris holds in this war is roughly mine: as defenders of the West, we can neither let our guard down against the evil we confront nor the abuse of power in our own governments. The test of this long war will be to fight on both fronts simultaneously. Not easy. But it is the calling of our generation.
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