We took out al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and wanted, as a consequence, al-Qaida to go away. It didn’t.
We have now taken out Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour and want, as a consequence, the Taliban to go away. It won’t.
We stopped calling the war on terror the war on terror and want it to go away. It won’t.
We enjoy our civil civilization and want the Islamic State to agree with our values. It won’t.
We are frustrated that the war on terror is not a war like WW II, with neatly defined objectives, and want this new kind of war to accommodate itself to our history and our mentality. It won’t.
We observe that beheadings, suicide bombings, promiscuous stabbings and all manner of other vicious violence do not advance any cause, even their perpetrators’ cause, and want them to acknowledge this in the cool light of reason. They won’t.
We want a different world. We will get it — but only with patience and hardboiled, very disciplined perseverance.
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