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Prepare for a long war against the Islamic State
Prepare for a long war against the Islamic State

The hawks (including me) were wrong about a lot, but some got one thing right. It's going to be a long war. In the early days after 9/11, there was a lot of talk about a "clash of civilizations" and a long "existential struggle" facing the West. I once asked the late Christopher Hitchens what he felt on that terrible day and he said he felt no small amount of joy. Not for the suffering and death, but for the fact that the West finally had been awakened to the terrible but necessary struggle before us. And for a time, many liberals bought into the idea that America was heading into a generational struggle with jihadism. There were a slew of books on the subject....

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