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Report: “Generational war” against terrorism

December 14, 2006

From the Washington Times:

“We’re in a generational war. You can try and fight the enemy where they are and where they’re attacking you, or prevent them and defend your own homeland,” said Gen. Schissler, deputy director for the war on terrorism within the strategic plans office of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

“But that’s not enough to stop it. We’ve got to break the chain, and that’s … the ideology. We really need to show the errors in Islamist extremist thinking.”

Gen. Schissler said he is concerned that Washington politics is weakening the will of the nation.

“I don’t care about the politics. I care about people understanding the facts of what’s our enemy is thinking about, what’s our strategy to defeat them, and for [Americans] to understand that it will take a long fight, mostly because our enemy is committed to the long fight,” he said. “They’re absolutely committed to the 50-, 100-year plan.”

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Al Qaeda’s ultimate goal, the general said, is to set up an extremist “caliphate” stretching from western North Africa through southern Europe and along a path through the Middle East to Central and Southeast Asia.

“We’re pretty convinced that the extremists are not ever going to give up the fight,” Gen. Schissler said, noting that they are driven by the concept of jihad that makes it a religious duty to wage terrorist war.

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