The Reaction 2
Victor Davis Hanson is not optimistic about how the West will answer the London bombings. How to Lose a War:
...most important, the terrorists and their supporters understand that in a strange way the West is not only split, but also increasingly illiberal as well. It has lost confidence in its old commitment to rationalism, free speech and empiricism, and now embraces the deductive near-religious doctrines of moral equivalence and utopian pacifism. Al Qaeda's supporters will say that Thursday's victims were killed because of Afghanistan or Iraq. Westerners will duly repeat the dull refrain that "Bush lied, thousands died" in their guilt-ridden search for something we did to cause this.If Mr. Hanson is correct, I still believe that the West will defeat Islamofascism. However, it means a longer fight, and more innocent victims.