It’s one of the stock phrases we hear all the time in America’s dealing with the Muslim world: we must not provoke them. Our actions energize the radicals, and serve as recruiting tools. When we do things like invade Iraq or Afghanistan (overthrowing brutal regimes that killed a lot more Muslims than we have, by the way, but you don’t hear that mentioned), we’re playing into the terrorists’ hands. When we imprison and interrogate suspected terrorists and extremists, we’re giving the bad guys their most potent recruiting tool. Air strikes that kill terrorists (and, occasionally, the innocents they so much enjoy hiding behind) merely lead to more extremists. And so on.
It seems that, in some folks’ eyes, nothing we’ve tried will actually reduce the general hatred levels of the US in the Muslim world, and everything we do either inflames or empowers them.
So maybe it’s time to try some new tactics — and some of my time spent away from here is paying off.
I enjoy getting into tussles on other blogs. I’ve found it refreshing to occasionally venture out as a reader, challenging authors on their home turf (as well as their supporters), where I don’t have the advantages and responsibilities of being “the editor.” I like to think it helps me keep my edge.
One such place is Outside The Beltway, and one of my most frequent sparring grounds is in the postings of Doug Mataconis.
On one of Doug’s recent articles, commenter “Boyd” (who is an old friend of Wizbang’s, I believe) put forth a rather novel notion that really got me thinking: