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War on Terror Requires Tough Decisions

March 22, 2004

In "An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror," David Frum of the American Enterprise Institute and Richard Perle, former chairman of the Defense Policy Board, outline their vision of American foreign policy in the new millennium. They suggest the safest path to success in the war on terrorism is a comprehensive, tough-minded strategy.

Israel's occupation of the West Bank of the Jordan River has often been cited as a "root cause of terrorism," but Frum and Perle stress that establishment of a Palestinian state would not end terror in the Middle East. They argue that the issue has always been vengeance by those Arabs and Muslims who seek the destruction of Israel and the reconquest of the Holy Land. Establishment of a Palestinian state as an act of "charity" by Israel the United States would deprive them of the glory of taking it by force, and Israel's continued existence would signify a shameful defeat.

North Korea, which is evidently developing nuclear weapons, must be forced to turn over all of its nuclear material, close its missile bases, and allow the permanent presence of an International Atomic Energy Agency inspection team, say Frum and Perle. Otherwise, the only way to stop North Korea's attempt to go nuclear is through decisive action, such as:

  • A comprehensive air and naval blockade of North Korea.
  • Redeployment of troops currently on the Korean peninsula to areas beyond the range of North Korean artillery.
  • Planning for a preemptive strike against its nuclear facilities.

Frum and Perle believe a credible buildup to an American strike would persuade China to pressure North Korea into acquiescing to U.S. demands -- after all, the last thing China wants is for American troops to occupy the entire peninsula.

Source: David Frum and Richard Perle, "An End To Evil: How to Win the War on Terror" (Random House, New York, 2003).


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