"From the gut (and the heart)"
Editorials by Paul Olivier
Do you get it now?
If you did not get it from my last article, I can understand: following me jumping from thought to thought you need intuition and imagination.
The tittle of my last article was: "After the
war: Where was Mecca?" I am not optimistic
about how the conflict with the Islamists will
develop. With an approach as employed at
this time still American soldiers have to fight
and  die. At home the American people are
still under the threat of terrorist attacks. This
strategy will take a long time and many people
will die. What I suggested was to threaten that
what is the most valuable to Islam. What
would Islam be without Mecca? Without Kaaba? I am not suggesting to nuke that city with all its inhabitants. They can have 24 hours to move out, 48 hours? I don't care, a week. One more attack and that would be it! The prospect of the destruction of that city and may be Medina and Riyadh as well,  might give the "good" Muslims enough reason to take care of the "bad" Islamists. Without those three cities, their culture would be without anchor and to me not to big a loss. The threat alone could be enough to avoid any more dead Americans.
Whether it is the President or Rumsfeld or
Ashcroft or Reis, they all have promised us more of the same as 9-11 and worse. The "bring them to justice" is taking the long road. Talking softly and showing the big stick to the so called friends in Riyadh might be the short cut necessary to solve the problem without the continued bloodshed. A problem could be that they,  the Muslims don't buy, without sample.
That is not so much a problem as keeping
fighting and dying and in the end still have to use the "big stick". 
Why not knock-out in the second round, rather
than get beaten black and blue and wait till
round fifteen. For the audience? Or the betting? You see, I am not optimistic: I think it's inevitable: In the end the big stick has to be used anyway. 
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  Date 03/00/2002