"Terror groups persist because of a lack of confidence on the part of their targets: the IRA, for example, calculated correctly that the British had the capability to smash them totally but not the will. So they knew that while they could never win militarily, they also could never be defeated. The Islamists have figured similarly. The only difference is that most terrorist wars are highly localized. We now have the first truly global terrorist insurgency because the Islamists view the whole world the way the IRA view the bogs of Fermanagh: they want it and they’ve calculated that our entire civilization lacks the will to see them off."
"What’s worrying is that we spend so much time worrying about things that
aren’t worth worrying about that we don’t worry about the things we should be
worrying about. For thirty years, we’ve had endless wake-up calls for things
that aren’t worth waking up for. But for the very real, remorseless shifts in
our society—the ones truly jeopardizing our future—we’re sound asleep."
Hat tip IMAO