So says this piece from Down Under. A snippet:
The NIE states: "We assess that the Iraq conflict has become the cause celebre for jihadists." Well, lets assume thats correct. My question is: And? What follows from that assessment? Israel is also a cause celebre for jihadists. Does that mean we should abandon it? If the answer is: "No, thats a ridiculous proposition", then it is logically equally ridiculous in the case of Iraq.
Of course, there are people who think we should abandon Israel, who would probably also argue that to respond in any way to jihadist provocations or to offend their sensibilities is to pour fuel on the fire, to which there is this response:
Non-action has its own consequences. There is a strong case to be made, and certainly one I support, that non-action is exactly what caused the original growth and strength of jihadism in the lead-up to 9/11. Would the world have been safer if we had continued to avoid retaliatory action? I dont think so.