Islamic terrorism is the whole world's problem. The recent events in Mumbai, India highlight that fact. The Islamists are prepared to fight anywhere at anytime and pay any price. In Mumbai, they made a symbolic effort to target Americans, Britons and Jews, but most of the casualties were locals caught in the gunfire. Make no mistake: Islamic terrorism is a cancer that isn't going to stop spreading until either it has been stopped in its tracks by people who have the courage to be proactive, or it has taken over the whole world and it begins to implode on itself.
This is not radial Islam vs. the neocons. This isn't radical Islam vs. America. This isn't radical Islam vs. Christianity. This is not radical Islam vs. the West. This is radical Islam vs. anyone who dares to stand in the way. Atheist, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, moderate Muslim, black, white, yellow, brown, liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, communist, socialist, capitalist, rich, or poor...it doesn't matter who you are or where you live. If you get in the way, or if you just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, you're in trouble. Collateral damage is of no concern to Islamic terrorists.
So we can take on terrorism one terrorist attack at a time or we can be smart about it. We can wait until the problem gets bigger or we can act now. We can do just enough to delay the inevitable or we can act to win the struggle decisively. We can wait until we are surrounded on all sides or we can take the fight to their backyard. We can give up after fighting a for a few difficult years or we can hold out longer than our very patient enemies.
The fight against Islamic terrorism will be long, expensive and bloody. Are we up to the challenge?