According to the former chief of the Australian army, the West has just begun what he foresees to be a hundred year war with Islam. Now "professor" Peter Leahy says radical Islam has us in its sights.
Currently the director of the National Security Institute at the University of Canberra, professor Leahy told Daily Mail Australia that as a liberal, secular society, Australia is perceived as 'the far enemy' by radical Islamic groups and individuals, and would no doubt continue to be targeted.
'We are already affected in that there are places that would be wise for us not to travel to and there have been terrorist bombings in places that we do travel to, as we can see from 9/11 and both of the Bali bombings,' Mr Leahy said.
'Australia is involved in the early stages of a war which is likely to last for the rest of the century,' he said.
'We must be ready to protect ourselves and, where necessary, act pre-emptively to neutralise the evident threat. Get ready for a long war.'
The problem I have with Herr Doktor Leahy and others of his sort is that they never tell us how we're going to win this supposed war or even if we're going to win. All this guy is telling us is that, in his opinion, we'll be banging this drum for a century. In other words, he has no idea how in hell we're going to sort this out which seems to be code for one side is going to have to exterminate the other or at least bomb them into submission and servitude.
Which brings me back to my solution. The way to defeat radical Islam is through moderate Islam, not slung from the bomb rack of an F-16. End the factors that radicalize ordinary Muslims. Recognize that most Muslims have no interest in jihad and simply want to live peaceful lives in freedom. We need to stop propping up those who oppress them - Muslim, Jewish or Christian. We need to put the boot in with the Saudi and Kuwaiti sheikhs who fund these radical operators. Or else we are left with Leahy's default option - endless war. How well has that worked out for us so far?