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Let's Get Ready to Ramadan

There's no reason to stop fighting during the Muslim holy month.

Oct 29, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 07 • By TOD LINDBERG
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More than that, though, there is a sense in which stopping for Ramadan would send exactly the wrong message to the Islamic world. This is a war on terrorism, not on Islam. The targets are the terror networks and their supporters, and they need to be attacked whenever they present themselves. To refrain from doing so during Ramadan would, in effect, Islamicize the conflict, granting terrorists special treatment solely out of deference to their professed Islamic faith. This would only legitimize their claim to be speaking for Islam.

If we don't run into bin Laden until November 16, he should still expect exactly the same treatment he would have received November 15.

Contributing editor Tod Lindberg is editor of Policy Review and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

October 29, 2001 - Volume 7, Number 7