While much of today’s world is colored in shades of nuance, fighting the terror of radical Islamic extremism is a stark and straightforward situation: Kill or be killed.
ISIS, al Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, whatever … these are not conventional enemies of state. Rather, they are chameleons that blend into our communities with the sole intention of annihilating our societal values and beliefs.
They fervently believe that they have the right to execute anyone who differs from their beliefs and they routinely slaughter innocent men, women and children.
These are zealots that embrace martyrdom, who can’t wait to die for their cause. That obviously is a dangerous foe to fight.
Of course, how much resolve and resources do we have to actually make it the fight of our lives? That is the paramount question of our time.