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Bush-administrasjonen snakker stadig mer om terror i en bred sammenheng, med paralleller til bekjempelsen av kommunisme og nazisme. Nasjonal sikkerhetsrådgiver Stephen J. Hadley gjør klart at muslimer er USAs viktigste allierte.

We need all citizens, everyone who loves freedom, to join in the fight. And in this fight, the people the terrorists most want to dominate – the people of Islam – will be our most important allies.

At its root, the struggle is an ideological contest, a war of ideas that engages all of us, public servant and private citizen, regardless of nationality.

We have waged such wars before, and we know how to win them. Of course, every ideological war is different, and each presents new challenges. Yet our efforts since the attacks of 9/11 have been guided by three important lessons learned when free peoples twice defeated totalitarianism in the last century.

First and most important, we must have a clear understanding of the ideology espoused by the enemy. The terrorists we face today aim to remake the Middle East in their own grim image – one that, as President Bush has said, «hates freedom, rejects tolerance and despises all dissent.»

This vision is eerily reminiscent of earlier totalitarian systems, where a radical few subjugated the helpless many. Then as now, terror is the principal tool of the totalitarian. Today’s terrorists seek through barbaric violence to topple governments, export terrorism and force free nations to stand down. The terrorists believe democracies are weak, and that those who champion freedom will retreat in the face of relentless attacks – that people, in Osama bin Laden’s words, «will like the strong horse.»

Terrorisme og militant islam må bekjempes over et bredt felt. Fra økonomisk utvikling, politiske reformer, til en kamp om det åndelige hegemoniet.

When we support the vision and reality of a freer and hopeful future, we undercut the ideological underpinning for the terrorists and embolden those opposed to their grim vision.
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For too long we accepted a false bargain that promised stability if we looked the other way when democracy was denied.
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The third lesson is that the struggle against terrorism requires force of arms, but will not be won through force of arms alone. The victory in World War II was not complete until the Marshall Plan secured Germany’s democratic political future. In the fight against Communism, our armed forces deterred the enemy. But it was the superior appeal of human freedom – not bombs and bullets – that ultimately led to democracy’s triumph. After all, the cold war’s most powerful voices proved to be those who lived under the Communist system and could expose its lies.

In a similar way, military action is only one piece of the war on terrorism. The terrorist hard-core is beyond appeal and must be hunted, captured or killed. The sanctuary that terrorists rely on to turn resentment into a weapon – the sanctuary provided by sympathetic governments willing to look the other way when terrorist training camps are set up within their borders – can be denied through military action.

AT the same time, however, we must bring all of the tools of statecraft, economic influence and private enterprise to bear in this war. Freedom-loving people around the world must reach out through every means – communications, trade, education – to support the courageous Muslims who are speaking the truth about their proud religion and history, and seizing it back from those who would hijack it for evil ends.

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