ON-Lion Letter

"Too often," according to Bradley Prize recipient John R. Bolton in a late-December Boston Globe op-ed, "there is serious confusion about radical Islam’s true ramifications, thereby blinding us to the magnitude of its danger.  Even worse, our misperceptions tie our hands in developing ways to protect innocent civilians at home, and our interests and allies abroad."

Bolton is a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C..  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports AEI.

"Although communism and radical Islam differ in countless ways, they share one critical element:  they are ideologies driven by an obsession to force the real world to match their preconceptions, whether of class conflict or superior religious belief," Bolton writes.  "Terrorist attacks are simply manifestations of the ideology, the symptoms of the threat, not the threat itself.  Accordingly, US policies that ignore the ideological driving force will fail, because they are not addressing the real menace.

"Refusing to acknowledge that we face an ideologically motivated foe is not a grand strategy," he concludes.  "It has already failed for almost 30 years, even as the radical ideology fueling terrorism has spread, gaining countless new adherents.  In the war we are in, not of our choosing but because we are being attacked, the only long-term strategy is to destroy the enemy, not try to appease it."

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