Friday, September 24, 2004

Should America pursue safety or victory?

Clifford May argues that America shouldn't view safety as the only yardstick by which we measure our strategy in the war on terror.
Throughout 1940 and most of 1941, Churchill and the British people stood alone against totalitarianism and nihilism. You might even say the British fought a unilateral war.

Even then, Churchill didn't look for an exit strategy. He famously said: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."

He less famously added:

"We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war … This is our policy."