21 March from The American Thinker - Prospects of Terror: An Inquiry into Jihadi Alternatives (I) by J. R. Dunn.

The first campaigns of the Long War are drawing to a close. The Jihadis have lost the opening rounds. What next?

Thereís an unconscious conviction that what happens next isÖ nothing. We go back to everyday life, the way things were before all that unpleasantness in lower Manhattan and Washington those long years ago. We shut out the harmful, hateful world once again, go our own way, and forget about jihads, and suicide belts, and dirty bombs, and beheadings, and all the other nightmares that have filled our days since 2001.

Unfortunately, that doesnít seem to be in the cards...

The Jihadis have lost Iraq and Afghanistan. Itís true that fighting continues in both countries, but at this point itís effectively theater. It canít be repeated often enough that the type of war we are involved in is as much political as it is military. By any political measure, the Jihadis have been routed...

The Islamists now have a choice of either changing or fading out the way the Anarchists did early in the last century...

Itís doubtful that the Jihadis will fade out yet, not after spending over twenty years organizing and laying the groundwork. They may be hurt, but they still have a punch...