The Word War
Whatever happened to the “War on Terror”?
Winning back the admiration and allegiance of people around the world will require more than sending Karen Hughes to Cairo and Karl Rove to Hollywood. It will mean demonstrating to people in far-flung countries that America is working to improve their lives and that it believes their future is inextricably linked to ours. It will mean seeing a dictator such as Pakistan’s General Pervez Musharraf as an opponent of America’s work, not an ally. Most importantly, it will require a new approach to our present conflict: an understanding that we won’t be successful until we stop arguing about renaming the War on Terror and start redefining it. The “terror” we should be confronting is not just that which we face from terrorism, but the terror they face from despair. And battling that terror will require every weapon America has in its arsenal for this new kind of war.
Post a Comment