Sun Tzu said, "the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him."
Fight for your objective. If you and your enemy are fighting for different reasons -- if your enemy wants to start a religious war, and you merely want to be left alone -- it's foolish to adopt your enemy's objective. To do so is a form of surrender.
Osama bin Laden wanted to provoke a religious war. The United States didn't, and doesn't. Only a fool would make this a war about religion. Among Americans, only a naif would agree with Osama bin Laden that this war is about religion.
Zac Wamp, R-Tenn.:
First, the war on terror is the worst-named war in the history of our country. We are at war with Islamic jihadists, fundamentalists, radicals. We need to be more clear as to who we are fighting. Frankly, my view is that this is a religious conflict.Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va.:
When the commentary begins in the Middle East, in no way do I want to comfort and encourage the radical Muslims who want to destroy our country and who want to wipe the so-called infidels like myself and many of you from the face of the earth. In no way do I want to aid and assist the Islamic jahadists who want the green flag of the crescent and star to wave over the Capitol of the United States and over the White House of this country. I feel that radical Muslims who want to control the Middle East and ultimately the world would love to see "In God we trust" striken from our money and replaced with "In Muhammad we trust."You have joined the wrong team, guys.