Is it Terrorism we are fighting?

The fall-out from the massacre of Russian children brings up an interesting point: is it terrorism we are fighting, or is it radical Islam?
Some say that terrorism itself cannot be the target of a struggle; as a tactic, terrorism is but the means with which radical Islam carries out its ideology. These people argue that to cast the war as a war on terrorism is like saying that the war against the fascists was a war against Blitzkrieg.
I disagree, and find myself strangely agreeing with Ariel Sharon, who says: “Terror has no justification, and it’s time for the free, decent, humanistic world to unite and fight this terrible plague, which has no borders or fences.”
It is not radical Islam we are fighting, but the use of terrorism by radical Islam to achieve means. If Islamic forces would use democratic means to advance their program, then who would we be to tell them to stop. It is at that point that the struggle would truly be in the intellectual battlefield, and the war would be fought over hearts and minds.
As Russia and Be’er Sheva taught us once more, the more urgent war we are fighting now isn’t over hearts and minds but bodies and lives. The only way the nation-states of this world will survive as sovereign entities is if they root out and severely punish all those who think that they can target civilians to advance political agendas. The war, then, is on terrorism and not radical Islam.

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  1. Terror or Islam?

    Ariel reasons, and writes, well: Middle East and Morality : Is it Terrorism we are fighting?
    It is not radical Islam we are fighting, but the use of terrorism by radical Islam to achieve means.