"Josh Manchester, a Marine veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, asks in his Web log (Adventures of Chester) the central strategic question in the war on terror: Is Islam compatible with a free society?"
Kelly goes on to point out:
"President Bush has answered that question with an emphatic "yes." We are at war not with Islam, but with a radical subset of it which could be described as heretical.
Osama bin Laden, conservative columnist Ann Coulter and some Christian preachers say "no" -- all of Islam is at war with the values of the West.
It would be inconvenient if they were right. There are approximately 1.4 billion Muslims in the world. Blood will flow in rivers if we have to fight them all. If you believe being a Muslim is as inherently threatening to liberty and democracy as being a Nazi was, then it follows that we must either convert, deport, arrest or kill the Muslims in our midst."
As much as we hate terrorism, this is what we are faced with if we cannot assimilate the Muslims into free societies: killing or containing all Muslims. These are NOT options. Only if the Arab world openly declares war on the rest of humanity do these become options. Let us hope it does not come to that.