Roughly speaking, there are four levels of American attitudes towardthe radical Islamic threat to the West and its traditional faithbased culture. All four existed comparably in World War II.
Levelone:AnimositytowardAmericaandthe West, extending to outright treachery. Belief that we are the colonialist cause of the jihad.
Level two: Denial of the importance of the threat, despite 9/11, the recent foiled plot and other serious attacks against us abroad and against other Western nations. Claims that PresidentBushhyped it togain political power and invaded Iraq for oil.
Level three: Isolationist concern only for oursecurity,denialthatwehaveastakeinstopping the Islamo-fascist conquest of Europe and, eventually, the world. (Hitler had similar aims, and there wasa similar reluctance to acknowledge them and oppose them.)
Level four: Awareness of the true encompassingnatureofthethreat.Afewvoicesspeak out urgently — President Bush, Sen. JohnMcCain,RudyGiuliani,TonyBlair—butmanylose their focus and sense of urgency when things, as usual, go wrong. This was true of all of our past wars. Robert Greer Cohn Menlo Park, California