Power Line: Islamic Radicals and Western Elections: A Microcosm
Islamic radicals think that Westerners are soft and decadent. They don't believe that we can sustain a brutal struggle over a long period of time, and therefore they will inevitably prevail in the end. The jury is still out on this theory, but, candidly, there is considerable evidence to support it. The current controversy in Germany is a good test case because the conflict in Afghanistan is, in principle, uncontroversial. If Germany's 3,000 troops can be driven home simply by fighting them, it will be more evidence that the Western democracies (outside of the United States, in any event) cannot sustain a medium-term military effort of any kind.