Yesterday, Senator John Edwards outlined his plan to combat terrorism. The New York Sun reported today:
The plan Mr. Edwards presented yesterday — which he dubbed “A Strategy to Shut Down Terrorists and Stop Terrorism Before It Starts” — calls for a 10,000-person “Marshall Corps” to deal with issues ranging from worldwide poverty and economic development to clean drinking water and micro-lending. He said investing in those areas would shore up weak nations and help ensure that terrorism does not take root there. That, he said, would allow the country to stop potential terrorists before they even join the ranks.
But according to a recent study by the U.S. Institute for Peace, released June 5, 2007 , “there is no correlation between the state of the local economy, marital status or education and support of terrorism.” The study does, however, find “a correlation among those who believe Islam should or does play a large role in politics, those who perceive they have freedom of expression and those who believe the United States threatens Islam.”
Big surprise, it’s all about Islam.
In Senator Edwards’ mind, this is too much of a bumper sticker concept.
Edwards’ plan, however, is just another New Deal program for the world. How about this for a bumper sticker :
“Great Society for Jihadists”
Pretty catchy and pretty much sums up John Edwards’ approach to every issue – throw money at it and it will go away. Unfortunately, Islamic terrorists aren’t going away for clean drinking water and micro-lending. They are in this game for keeps, and we need to have the same commitment and strength of will that they do.
Maybe it’s time to really study an issue, Senator Edwards, before you introduce more populist mumbo jumbo to the debate.