The New War Room: The Salon
Anita Sharpe on Culture
GREAT column today by David Brooks in the New York Times.
He makes the point that we're not really fighting a war against 'terror.' We're fighting a battle for minds. It's an ideological, intellectual war and terror is, for now, the weapon of choice. 'It seems like a small distinction -- emphasizing ideology over terror -- but it makes all the difference because if you don't define your problem correctly, you can't contemplate a strategy for victory,' Brooks writes.
How do we stage an intellectual offensive? One top U.S. military officer told Brooks that 'only 10 percent of our efforts from now on will be military. The rest will be ideological.'(Good news for all those 18 -year-olds still camped in the desert.)
'If you are a philanthropist,' Brooks writes, 'here is how you can contribute: We need to set up the sort of intellectual mobilization we had during the cold war, with modern equivalents of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, to give an international platform to modernist Muslims and to introduce them to Western intellectuals.'
Do I hear the sound of Ted Turner stirring?